A knowledge unique: the life of the pioneering explorer and palaeontologist, Dorothea Bate (1878–1951)
Karolyn Shindler, 2007. "A knowledge unique: the life of the pioneering explorer and palaeontologist, Dorothea Bate (1878–1951)", The Role of Women in the History of Geology, C. V. Burek, B. Higgs
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Dorothea Bate is recognized as a pioneer of archaeozoology – the study of animal bones from archaeological sites. She also worked extensively on cave sites. Her research in Cyprus, Crete, Majorca and Menorca, as well as pre World War II Palestine, showed her holistic approach to the use of animal bones in order to deduce dates, climate and environment of the sites. She was the first woman to work as a scientist at the Natural History Museum, then known as the British Museum (Natural History), and her research reports on the fossil faunas are still being used today.
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Where were the women in Geology? This book is a first as it unravels the diverse roles women have played in the history and development of geology as a science predominantly in the UK, Ireland and Australia, and selectively in Germany, Russia and US. The volume covers the period from the late eighteenth century to the present day and shows how the roles that women have played changed with time. These included illustrators, museum collectors and curators, educationalists, researchers and geologists. Originally as wives, sisters or mothers many were assistants to their male relatives. This book looks at all these forgotten women and for the first time historians and scientists together explore the contribution they made to this male-dominated subject. There are individual profiles on remarkable women: Catherine Raisin, Dorothea Bate, Cuvier's daughters, Grace Prestwich, Annie Greenly, Nancy Kirk, Margaret Crosfield, Ethel Skeat, Maria Ogivlie Gordon, Marie Stopes, Anne Phillips, Muriel Arber and Etheldred Bennett. Pulling together this extensive research uncovered common issues and generated emergent themes. The Editors have brought this new research together under these themes and tried to answer the question Where were the women in Geology? They go on to discuss how these role models can be applicable to today's society.