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)|
Fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist famous for discovering the fossils of the first Ichthyosaur and Plesiosaurus.
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.
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.
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.
She worked as a paleontologist like Walter Granger.
- 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.
- Timeline of women in science - This is a timeline of women in science, spanning from ancient history up to the 21st century.
- English palaeontologists
- English Dissenters
- Women paleontologists
- English geologists
- 19th-century English people
Latest information about Mary Anning updated on June 07 2021.