Mary Anning (1799-1847) was a fossil hunter who lived in Lyme Regis, England.

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Mary Anning



Mary Anning
Mary Anning (1799-1847) was a famous fossil hunter who lived in Lyme Regis, England - a part of the country which is today known as the Jurassic Coast.

In 1811, aged just 12, Anning discovered the fossilized skeleton of an Ichthyosaur (this specimen is now in London's Natural History Museum). Although Ichthyosaurs had been known from fragments since at least 1699, this was the first complete skeleton found - Mary first found the skull, and only later found the rest of the animal after a storm washed away the part of a cliff which contained it. Anning subsequently went on to discover two more species of Ichthyosaur.

Anning's later finds included a Plesiosaur in 1821, and Pterosaur (the first complete specimen, and the first found outside of Germany) in 1828.

Mary Anning's discoveries were important because they helped establish the fact of extinction. Until then, many people had argued that God would not allow any species to become extinct (as that would imply an imperfect creation), and thus the strange animals found in fossils were still alive in some region of the planet. However, the truly bizarre nature of the animals found by Anning, help contribute to making such arguments seem unlikely.

In life, Anning was recognized by the British Association for the Advancement of Science, being granted an annuity when in her thirties. As a woman, she was not eligible for the standard membership of the Geological Society of London, but she was however granted honorary membership.

Anning sadly died aged just 47. She was commemorated by a stained-glass window in the church of St Michael the Archangel in Lyme Regis. She was however largely forgotten after her death, until interest in her revived in more recent times. She is referred to in John Fowles' 1969 novel, The French Lieutenant's Woman, and today there is a display about her in London's Natural History Museum. Additionally, some people claim that the tongue twister that begins "She sells sea shells by the sea shore" was inspired by Mary Anning.

Plesiosaurus macrocephalus found by Mary Anning:
Plesiosaurus macrocephalus found by Mary Anning


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Mary Anning was only twelve years old when, in 1811, she discovered the first dinosaur skeleton--of an ichthyosaur--while fossil hunting on the cliffs of Lyme Regis, England. Until Mary's incredible discovery, it was widely believed that animals did not become extinct. The child of a poor family, Mary became a fossil hunter, inspiring the tongue-twister, "She Sells Sea Shells by the Seashore." She attracted the attention of fossil collectors and eventually the scientific world. Once news of the fossils reached the halls of academia, it became impossible to ignore the truth. Mary's peculiar finds helped lay the groundwork for Charles Darwin's theory of evolution, laid out in his On the Origin of Species. Darwin drew on Mary's fossilized creatures as irrefutable evidence that life in the past was nothing like life in the present.

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Mary Anning is probably the world's best-known fossil-hunter. As a little girl, she found a fossilised sea monster, the most important prehistoric discovery of its time. Best-selling author Laurence Anholt turns Mary's fascinating life into a beautiful story, ideal for reading aloud. Sheila Moxley's luscious pictures vividly evoke the coastal setting and the real-life dramas of this spectacular tale.

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One day, when she was eleven, Mary Anning spotted some markings on a wide, flat stone. She chipped at it with her hammer and chisel until the lines of a tooth emerged--and then those of another tooth. Weeks of persistent effort yielded a face about four feet long. But what creature was this? Her brother called it a sea dragon.

Many months later, Mary Anning still had not unearthed what she only then learned was called a fossil. But she found out that her discovery was precious and that the painstaking effort to uncover traces of ancient life was profoundly important. Jeannine Atkins's sensitive and engaging portrait is strikingly illustrated by Michael Dooling, whose powerful paintings capture young Mary Anning's devotion to her work, and all the joy she found in it.
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