Women’s History Month Challenge, Day 27: Mary Anning
Mary Anning (1799-1847) lived in Lyme Regis in southern England.  The cliffs of the surrounding area are known for being rich in fossils, and Anning’s father was a fossil collector.  Living near the cliffs, the family members had many opportunities to search for fossils in their spare time.  Around age 12, Anning discovered a complete Ichthyosaurus skeleton—the first of its kind in England—and that was just the beginning of her career.  She discovered several other dinosaur skeletons, such as Plesiosaurus and Pterodactylus.  While her finds had a huge impact on the scientific community, fossil hunting did not yield many monetary gains, and Anning lived in poverty.  In addition, she received only limited public recognition for her contributions, though she was well-known among England’s scientists.  Britain’s Natural History Museum calls her “the greatest fossil hunter ever known.”  
Source: BBC
Source: Natural History Museum

Women’s History Month Challenge, Day 27: Mary Anning

Mary Anning (1799-1847) lived in Lyme Regis in southern England.  The cliffs of the surrounding area are known for being rich in fossils, and Anning’s father was a fossil collector.  Living near the cliffs, the family members had many opportunities to search for fossils in their spare time.  Around age 12, Anning discovered a complete Ichthyosaurus skeleton—the first of its kind in England—and that was just the beginning of her career.  She discovered several other dinosaur skeletons, such as Plesiosaurus and Pterodactylus.  While her finds had a huge impact on the scientific community, fossil hunting did not yield many monetary gains, and Anning lived in poverty.  In addition, she received only limited public recognition for her contributions, though she was well-known among England’s scientists.  Britain’s Natural History Museum calls her “the greatest fossil hunter ever known.”  

Source: BBC

Source: Natural History Museum

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    Mary Anning, “the greatest fossil hunter ever known”.
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    Oh right. She’s awesome
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    This lady is a total boss. Seriously, she used to go fossicking around the cliffs and finding all kinds of amazing shit.
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