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TBH, 'Ammonite' Subject Mary Anning Is a Way Cooler Paleontologist Than Ross Geller


It's easy to get down on 2018 for all of the unfortunate headlines, natural disasters, and bad days it's brought us, but we shouldn't overlook the fact that 20gayteen has given us everything we could have ever asked for in the way of queer films, especially those highlighting the roles of queer women. 

And the trend shows no sign of stopping, as Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan are set to star in Ammonite a lesbian romance from writer-director and LGBTQ fave Francis Lee, of God's Own Country.

"Set in a UK coastal town in the 1840s, the drama will follow the unlikely romance between paleontologist Mary Anning and a London woman of means to whom she must unexpectedly play nursemaid," Deadline reports. 

Saoirse has recently proven herself to queer audiences in her role as Mary Stuart in the new Mary Queen of Scots, and Kate is no stranger to LGBTQ roles herself, if her characters in Heavenly Creatures and Iris are any indication.

But who is Mary Anning, this famed scientist and subject of Ammonite we've never heard of? We took a look at her achievements and her seminal role as the mother of paleontology — and learned there's even a famous tongue-twister written about her.