Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil…

Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England.Her findings contributed to important changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

Her fame rose again in the early 20th century and her story was the inspiration for the 1908 tongue-twister “She sells seashells on the seashore” by Terry Sullivan. In 2010, one hundred and sixty-three years after her death, the Royal Society included Anning in a list of the ten British women who have most influenced the history of science.

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