Archaeology soars to new heights! These recent dinosaur discoveries may change the scope of science!
Mary Anning, along with her brother, Joseph, unearths dinosaur fossils at the cliffs of Lyme Regis in Dorset.
Jibraeil Aatif Anwar
November 28, 2016
Is this real life? Or is this just fantasy? Was all of this caught unearthed thanks to a landslide? Or is this a story simply made up by these two kids, as an escape from reality? These questions – as well as many more – are to be answered right here, right now. For these two junior archaeologists, Mary and Joseph Anning, have discovered something that could change the way scientists look at archaeology. This so certainly comparable to my own struggles with getting biology recognized as a serious form of science.
Now, first of all, one must certainly be wondering why Mary dug relics at the beach. Well, Mary did so to earn a living. She must certainly have found her passion and talents present in archaeology, and so utilized them to make herself some money, enough to buy bread, meat, and even tea and sugar! She continued doing this, even as Joseph was apprenticed to an upholsterer; and, one fateful day, she discovered quite the most peculiar relic: an ammonite, or snakestone. When she took it from the beach, and walked her way home, a lady offered half a crown in exchange for this; half a crown, which was money that could buy, you guessed it, bread, meat, sugar and tea! Life could never have been more bliss for the girl, who was already on cloud nine after the offer, and there was no possible way of bringing her down.
1811 was when everything changed, when Joseph discovered the most amazing dinosaur fossil yet to be discovered, along the same beach that Mary regularly went to. It was buried in the shore, with a shape stranger than the Illuminati. When it was unearthed, one could only see it to believe it; four feet long, its jaws filled with sharp teeth that interlocked with one another, eye sockets as huge as a thousand Jupiter’s, and two bony eyes (one being whole, while the other was broken, and deeply embedded in the skull-bones), it was truly a sight to behold. It took the help of two men for it to be completely unearthed by Joseph, who, when he saw it, thought that it was the head of “a very large crocodile.” In fact, as soon as Joseph tried to show it to Mary, that section of the beach was covered by a mudslide for many months, so it took nearly a year when Mary, aged either twelve or thirteen went with him to check the fossil out.
When she did, however, she found yet another fossil, which was buried nearly two feet deep into the ground, and was also a very short distance from the fossil that Joseph discovered. Mary was, no doubt, a curious young lady, with curiosity whose thirst could certainly not be quenched. So, without further ado, she went ahead to hammer around the rock. As she hammered, many interesting features were spotted: vertebrae three inches wide, as well as ribs buried within the limestone, several connected to the vertebrae. With the help of some men, she was able to unearth all of it, revealing, in the process, an entire backbone, which consisted of sixty vertebrae, had a skeleton that could be clearly seen on one side, a tail longer than a giraffe’s neck, and ribs that put pressure upon the vertebrae, and squeezed it into a body mass that made the shape harder to discern on the other side of the skeleton. When completely unearthed, a giant animal up to seventeen feet long was revealed from its ancient tomb.
In the end, the Anning family earned twenty-three pounds for their discovery, enough to keep their stomachs full for six months, and the skeleton was displayed in Bullock’s Museum in Piccadilly, enough to become the talk of the decade. Which would so conclude the story of rags to riches, of how intelligence, curiosity and discovery helped the Anning family in so many ways, and also managed to gain them quite some fame in the process. But, what effects is it having on science as a whole? I’ll leave that for you to decide, for, as one of the greatest scientists of all time has said, “Curiosity is not something to be spoon-fed, but something to discover what it craves for and hungers for by itself.”