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Palaeontology, a man's game? Pfft...

February 13, 2017

 

Hopefully it won't surprise you to find out that Mary Anning was not the only female palaeo-pioneer of her age. There were hundreds of women scientists in those early days, many sadly over-looked, yet each playing important parts in the dramatic discoveries of recent centuries. Their stories are being told in a new photographic exhibition, Raising Horizons, taking place at the moment at Burlington House, home of The Geological Society. It's free and certainly a visit. You can read more about it here and it runs until 28th of February.

 

The exhibition has been organised by Trowelblazers, four early career researchers whose mission is resetting imaginations by sharing the stories of pioneering women in the geo-sciences, past and present. Their website hosts over 120 biographies, and they co-designed Fossil Hunter Lottie, a palaeontological action figure.

 

If you’re a teacher and you’re looking for resources, and potential female scientists on whom you want to base your studies PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE visit The Trowelblazers website, which hosts information on a growing number of female scientists working in archaeology, geology and palaeontology. Crucially the site includes reams of biogs on female scientists who are ALIVE and DOING NORMAL SCIENCE like men. (I know!). Many, if not all, are approachable.

 

 

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