Mary Anning

(May 21, 1799-March 9, 1847) She was a British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for a number of important finds she made in the Jurassic Age marine fossil beds at Lyme Regisi where she lived.

Her work contributed to the fundamental changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the earth that occurred in the early 19th century, and yet she is barely known today, while Darwin has become a household name.

Her discoveries included the first Ichthyosaur skeleton to be correctly identified, which she and her husband Joseph, found when she was just 12 years old, the first 2 plesiosaur skeletons ever found, the first Pterosaur skeleton located outside of Germany, and some important fish fossils. Because of her sex and religion rebellion, much of her work was never published and, in fact, she rarely ever received any credit for her scientific contributions.

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