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Mary Anning

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Birthday ***, 1799
Place of Birth England
Death day March 9, 1847 (47 years old)
Zodiac Sign Gemini
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Mary Anning

Mary Anning was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for 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. Anning's findings contributed to changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth. Anning searched for fossils in the area's Blue Lias and Charmouth Mudstone cliffs, particularly during the winter months when landslides exposed new fossils that had to be collected quickly before they were lost to the sea. Her discoveries included the first correctly identified ichthyosaur skeleton; the first two nearly complete plesiosaur skeletons; the first pterosaur skeleton located outside Germany; and fish fossils.

Born May 21, 1799, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Died March 09, 1847, Lyme Regis, Dorset, England
Resting place St Michael's Church, Lyme Regis
Occupation Fossil collector · Palaeontologist
Known for Fossil hunting
Parent(s) Richard Anning (c. 1766–1810) Mary Moore (c. 1764–1842)
Relatives Joseph Anning Jeffrey (brother, 1796–1849)

About Mary Anning

Fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist famous for discovering the fossils of the first Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaurus.

Mary Anning before fame

As a child, she was being held by three woman when lightning struck a tree nearby, killing the three woman. She survived after being soaked in hot bath water.

Achievement of Mary Anning

She was inducted into the Royal Society's list of top 10 British women who have most influenced the history of science 163 years after her death.

Mary Anning family life

Her parent's names were Richard and Mary and they struggled through several deaths of their children at young ages. Only she and Joseph survived into adulthood out of 10 children.

Associations of Mary Anning

She worked as a paleontologist like Walter Granger.

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  • Geology of Dorset - Dorset is a county in South West England on the English Channel coast. Covering an area of 2,653 square kilometres; it borders Devon to the west, Somerset to the north-west, Wiltshire to the north-east, and Hampshire to the east.
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Latest information about Mary Anning updated on June 07 2021.