7 December 2013

random science 25: Mary Anning 1799 – 1847

Mary Anning was a noted British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist. She became known around the world for a number of important finds that she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset, England, her area of residence. Her work contributed to the fundamental changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth that occurred during her life time.
Anning's gender and social class prevented her from fully participating in the scientific community of 19th-century Britain. Despite her many discoveries, she struggled financially for much of her life, and was rarely credited for her finds. She died from breast cancer at age 47.

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