Illustrated: Women in Paleontology
American illustrator and concept artist Lindsey Leigh was inspired by her interests in fossils and character design to create these wonderful portraits of women in paleontology.
Above are Lindsey's illustrations of Mary Anning and Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan.
Mary Anning (1799 – 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel in Southwest England. Mary Anning discovered the first Plesiosaur skeleton and one of the first Ictheosaurs, and also played a key role in the discovery of coprolites (dinosaur poo).
Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a South African vertebrate paleontologist known for her expertise in the study of the microstructure of fossil teeth and bones. She’s currently the head of the department of biological sciences at the University of Cape Town.