Mary Anning

Mary Anning

Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Death 9 Mar 1847 (aged 47)
Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
Burial Lyme Regis, West Dorset District, Dorset, England
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British fossil collector and paleontologist. She gained an international reputation for her recovery of a number of important fossils from the local cliffs and several of her findings are in the Natural History Museum in London. She has been credited with the first discovery of ichthyosaur fossils, though this is not entirely true as she did help to discover the first specimen of Ichthyosaurus to be known by the scientific community.

Daughter of Richard Anning and Mary "Molly" Moore Anning. She was one of ten children born to the Annings; only Mary and her brother Joseph (born 1796) survived to adulthood.
Their father, Richard, a cabinet maker, often took Mary and Joseph on fossil-hunting expeditions to make more money for the family. They offered their discoveries for sale to tourists on a table outside their home. Richard died when Mary was 11.(info by B Ballew)

Mary Anning and her brother Joseph collected many fossils from the crumbling cliffs near Lyme Regis in Dorset, and their first major discovery, in 1811, was an ichthyosaur. This find earned the family £23 – a great deal of money in those days. She also discovered the first known plesiosaur skeleton. Fossil hunting, however, could be a dangerous activity and she nearly died during a cliff fall in 1833.
Mary’s findings gained her an international reputation, but because she was a woman, she was unable to join the Geological Society in London.
In 1847, her life was cut short when she passed away of breast cancer.
In 2010 the Royal Society listed Mary Anning as one of the ten most important British women to influence the history of science. (Based on information from “History Today”, March 2018)
Contributor: Pam Childs (48661081)


to the memory of
Joseph Anning
Who died July the 5th 1849
Aged 53 years
Also of three children who
died in their infancy
Also of Mary Anning sister
of the above
Who died March the 9th 1847
Aged 47 years

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