19th century paleontologist Mary Anning holding fossil shells

An actor portraying 19th-century paleontologist Mary Anning poses with a fossil specimen.


Select Days - March 23 - May 5
10:30 am–2:30 pm in the East Garden

Where did we get the word "dinosaur?" Where did the rhyme "She sells seashells by the seashore" come from? What other secrets can fossils tell us? Learn these things and more as you step back in time to investigate fossil specimens and meet famous 19th-century paleontologists who helped shape the future of this important scientific discipline.

Actors from the Great Dickens Christmas Fair will appear in costume as pioneering paleontologists Mary Anning, Sir Richard Owen, Rev. William Buckland, and Thomas Huxley to explain how uncovering ancient fossils brings Earth's past to life.


This program is part of the Dino Days festival, invading the Academy from March 22–May 5.