- Narrated by: Amélie Trufant Dawson
- Length: 9 hrs and 31 mins
- Release date: 08-18-23
Chrysalis By Kim Todd AudioBook summary
Before Darwin, before Audubon, there was Maria Sibylla Merian.
An artist turned naturalist known for her botanical illustrations, Merian was born just 16 years after Galileo proclaimed that the Earth orbited the sun. But at the age of 50, she sailed from Europe to the New World on a solo scientific expedition to study insect metamorphosis—an unheard-of journey for any naturalist at that time, much less a woman.
When she returned, she produced a book that secured her reputation, only to have it savaged in the 19th century by scientists who disdained the work of “amateurs.”