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On Her Own TermsAnnie Montague Alexander and the Rise of Science in the American West$
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Barbara Stein

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520227262

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520227262.001.0001

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A Passion for Paleontology

A Passion for Paleontology

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(p.22) 3 A Passion for Paleontology
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On Her Own Terms
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Barbara R. Stein

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520227262.003.0003

As related in the latter portion of the previous chapter, Alexander developed a keen interest in paleontology. This chapter looks at her first expeditions. Alexander first attended a series of lectures on paleontology conducted by John C. Merriam, and her first trips were to the Bay Area in order to explore its geology and topography. These trips were quickly followed by several others, such as the 1901 Fossil Lake expedition, which is noted as a valuable learning experience for Alexander, as well as a chance to be reunited with her friend, Beckwith. The discussion includes an account of the events that occurred during the expedition. A second expedition was proposed by Merriam, but it was on Alexander's second paleontological expedition to Shasta County in California that she uncovered a fossil which was thought to be another specimen of the new genus of Shastasaurus.

Keywords:   paleontology, John C. Merriam, Bay Area, Fossil Lake expedition, Shasta County, paleontological expedition, Shastasaurus

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