What Mary Anning found in the cliffs in 1811, when she was 13, was the first complete fossil of an Ichthyosaur, a marine dinosaur. Mary Anning lived in England in the 1800's. She hunted and sold fossils to save her family from poverty after her father died when she was 11 years old. Despite social disapproval of her unfeminine occupation, Mary persisted and became a leading fossilist who made valuable contributions to science.
It is wonderful to hold a book in your hand and turn the pages, but it is equally wonderful to be able to be able to tap your finger and find out what unfamiliar words mean or see what a Belemnite, an Ichthyosaur or Lias actually looks like. This new edition of “The Dragon in the Cliff” will also allow you to dig more deeply into topics in the story that you find interesting. Whether it is the history of fossil finds, the life of those who lived in a seaside English village at the time of Napoleon, or the debates about extinction—it is all here for you to discover.
- The full novel, “The Dragon in the Cliff"
- Glossary popups of terms
- The Curiousity Cabinet: pages filled with interesting facts
- A Timeline of Paleontology
- Maps of Fossil Sites
- The Bone Hunters: Video interviews with the author, current day paleontologists and dinosaur museum curators!
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the dragon in the Cliff
The Dragon in the Cliff ebook is a marvel. The book, which I read in its print form when it was first published, is haunting and graceful. A charming and suspenseful narrative that is an inspiration for girls and boys alike, it touches science and discovery, history and culture, personal drama, social injustice – exactly what rivets young people’s attention (and mine) and encourages their sense of identification with unique historical figures. The ebook goes even further with beautiful and informative materials like maps, timelines, images, illustrated factoids, and video interviews that somehow exactly address the questions that come up in a reader’s mind as they go through Mary Anning’s story. The short, readable panels that lace the different sections are intriguing but not overwhelming, another great plus for this informal educational resource. I think this ebook is a very inviting environment to enter, particularly for girls, which should inspire fossil hunts, map-reading, and more exploring of history and paleontology. I loved hearing from the specialists including Sheila Cole, the author, about the writing process; the interviews made the story and the work so vivid. I must admit, however, I haven’t looked into the Mary Anning Sing-along linked in the references, but it’s nice to know it’s available!
Laura W. Martin, Ph.D.
Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives
Arizona Science Center