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Happy birthday Mary Anning!

by Anonymous on May. 21st, 2014

Mary Anning (1799-1847): Portrait of the acclaimed amateur paleontologist with her companion dog, Tray, c. 1833.
Mary Anning (1799-1847): Portrait of the acclaimed amateur paleontologist with her companion dog, Tray, c. 1833.Courtesy Public domain via Wikipedia
Today marks the 215 anniversary of self-taught British paleontologist Mary Anning, born this day in 1799. As a young girl, Mary helped supplement her family's meager income selling shells and fossils collected along the Lyme Regis coastline in southwestern England. Her discoveries of ichthyosaur, plesiosaur, and other Jurassic fossils added greatly to the fledgling science of paleontology bringing her praise from, and in contact with many of the established scientists of her time, including Georges Cuvier and William Buckland.

You can learn more about this remarkable woman here and here.