The countdown has begun! On May 21st we’ll be celebrating Mary Anning’s birthday with the official launch of a doll inspired by her: Fossil Hunter Lottie.

TrowelBlazers has worked closely with Lottie Dolls to make a doll that we hope will encourage little girls and boys to go out and hunt for their own fossils (safely and responsibly, of course!). And now we’re sending Fossil Hunter Lottie on a tour of the UK to meet #trowelblazing palaeontologists across the country, and find out what a day-in-the-life of a #realfossilhunter is actually like.

We’ll be photoblogging and tweeting pictures along the way, so stay-tuned. We really hope these pictures will help to show kids what real scientists look like, and that they too can grow up to be a palaeontologist.

You can join in too — share your photos of real-life fossilising, whether it’s your hobby or your job, on Twitter using the hashtag #RealFossilHunter. Or like and share our Real Fossil Hunter posts on Facebook to spread the word. Every tweet using #realfossilhunter and each FaceBook share will also be entered into a draw to win a Fossil Hunter Lottie doll (winner announced after May 21st).

 

LET THE FOSSIL HUNTER LOTTIE #REALFOSSILHUNTER TOUR BEGIN…

Brenna and Tori take Fossil Hunter Lottie on her first trip to the Natural History Museum

Brenna and Tori take Fossil Hunter Lottie on her first trip to the Natural History Museum

Fossil Hunter Lottie’s UK tour begins, quite naturally at the Natural History Museum in London (where TeamTB’s Brenna and Tori work)

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Dippy!

Lottie even got to see Mary Anning , and Mary Anning’s incredible marine reptile fossils. As her backpack is full of Mary Anning fact cards, this was a special moment!

Star-struck at meeting Mary Anning, who collected fossils as a girl and grew up into a world renowned palaeontologist. Mary Anning is the inspiration for Fossil Hunter Lottie

Star-struck at meeting Mary Anning, who collected fossils as a girl and grew up to become a world renowned palaeontologist. Mary Anning is the inspiration for Fossil Hunter Lottie

Everyone knows that there are incredible fossils on display, but stored away in the collections there are over 7 MILLION more specimens being worked on by scientists. We took Lottie behind the scenes to meet #trowelblazing NHM scientists Emma Bernard, Lorna Steel and Ria Mitchell

The NHM's Fossil Fish Curator Emma Bernard shows Fossil Hunter Lottie the rounded crushing teeth of shell-eating shark. These shark teeth were collected by Mary Anning!

The NHM’s Fossil Fish Curator Emma Bernard shows Fossil Hunter Lottie the rounded crushing teeth of shell-eating shark. These shark teeth were collected by Mary Anning!

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No hand lens needed for this giant Megalodon tooth from the Miocene of Virginia….

Lottie was itching to try an excavate one of these sharks teeth, but she hasn't filled out the appropriate destructive sampling form yet, so Emma said no!

Lottie was itching to try and excavate one of these sharks teeth, but she hadn’t filled out the appropriate destructive sampling form, so Emma said no!

Then we went in search of curator Lorna Steel, who said she had something big and scary in the sub-basement...

Then we went in search of curator Lorna Steel, who said she had something big and scary in the sub-basement…

 

My, what big teeth you've got Rhamphosuchus, ancient crocodile from the Siwaliks in India (or possibly Pakistan)

My, what big teeth you’ve got Rhamphosuchus, ancient crocodile from the Siwaliks in India (or possibly Pakistan)

Lottie takes a closer look at some 400 million year old Rhynie Chert, hoping to see some of the exquisitely preserved plant fossils… but her hand lens isn't enough!

Lottie takes a closer look at some 400 million year old Rhynie Chert, hoping to see some plant fossils… but her hand lens isn’t enough!

… so researcher Ria Mitchell takes Lottie up to use a microscope. These scottish rocks are the fossilised remains of an ancient hot spring, which has preserved a some of the very first land plants and animals in exquisite detail -- right down to the cellular level

So researcher Ria Mitchell takes Lottie up to use a microscope. These scottish rocks are the fossilised remains of an ancient hot spring, which has preserved some of the very first land plants and animals in exquisite detail — right down to the cellular level

Like this: an incredible image of the cellular structure of a 400 million year old plant stem!

Like this: an incredible image of the cellular structure of a 400 million year old plant stem!

But Lottie’s adventure is just beginning…. Next stop: SCOTLAND!

All packed up and headed for Hong-Yu Yi & Shaena Montanari in Edinburgh

All packed up and headed for Yi Hong-Yu & Shaena Montanari in Edinburgh

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