Episode 12: Best Guesses

This week we take a trip to the distant, distant past. 

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If you want to read more, Jane Davidson's book A History Of Paleontology Illustration takes a much, much more in-depth look at how art affects our understanding of science.

Tracy Chevalier's Remarkable Creatures and Joan Thomas's Curiosity reconstruct slightly different Mary Annings, but they're both great reads. We also read Judith Pascoe's book on collectors in the 1800s, The Hummingbird Cabinet, which has a great chapter on Mary Anning's reputation when she was alive and what it's like now. It totally changed how we thought of Mary Anning!

Duria Antiquior by Henry De La Beche. (Click to see larger.)

Duria Antiquior by Henry De La Beche. (Click to see larger.)

Music in this episode was composed by Malcolm Rosenthal. Artwork was drawn by Jackie Sojico.