Annie Montague Alexander: Naturalist and Fossil Hunter by Louise Chipley Slavicek

By Louise Chipley Slavicek

Girls Explorers chronicles the lives of six intrepid ladies whose starvation for experience and information forced them on paths of discovery around the globe. Their discoveries not just introduced shops of knowledge on subject matters starting from historical dinosaur fossils to lifestyles in Tibet, but additionally challenged the tested roles of girls of their fields. The daughter of a filthy rich planter, Alexander used her inheritance to fund learn for her passion--the traditional sciences. a number of dinosaur species were named in her honor, and her legacy maintains on the college of California at Berkeley's museum of paleontology, for which Alexander supplied cash and donated specimens.

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Wilderness of northern California and southern Oregon as far north as Crater Lake. Along the way, they would collect interesting plants, shoot photographs, bird watch, and just drink in the spectacular scenery. By the late nineteenth century, camping had emerged as a popular American pastime, especially for the urban middle class. ” 13 Interestingly, camping out was not perceived as a male-only form of recreation: many American women and girls enthusiastically participated in the “back-to-nature” movement of the late 1800s.

Alexander would have preferred to bring her friend Martha Beckwith, but Martha had long since returned East to pursue her teaching career. Alexander’s party arrived at the Fossil Lake site in late June. Digging the petrified remains out of the lake bed’s densely 33 34 ANNIE MONTAGUE ALEXANDER compacted soil was arduous work. Nonetheless, Annie was enraptured by every aspect of fossil collection. 18 Alexander was reluctant to see her first collecting expedition end. 19 Nonetheless, she was anxious to have Merriam evaluate the specimens that she and her party had gathered, which comprised over 100 fossils from a variety of extinct mammals, including miniature horses and camels.

When all of the arrangements had finally been made, the Alexanders and their large entourage boarded a train for Nakuru, a six-hour journey north of Nairobi. At nearby Lake Naaivasha, Annie and Samuel established their first camp. Over the course of the next several months, they would trek slowly northward to Lake Baringo, then westward as far as Port Florence, and finally northward again to the vicinity of Mount Elgon, shooting game and photographs all along the way. 39 40 ANNIE MONTAGUE ALEXANDER On their safari, Annie and Samuel did not merely hunt for sport.

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