Mary Anning was named after her mother and loved to find fossils. She was not given the credit she deserved during her career as a paleontologist.
Mary Anning lived through a life of privation and hardship to become what one source called “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew.” Anning is credited with finding the first specimen of Ichthyosaurus acknowledged by the Geological Society in London. She also discovered the first nearly complete example of the Plesiosaurus; the first British Pterodactylus macronyx, a fossil flying reptile; the Squaloraja fossil fish, a transitional link between sharks and rays; and finally the Plesiosaurus macrocephalus.
Her history is incomplete and contradictory. Click here to learn more about this fascinating woman.