First name:
Mary
Last name:
Anning
Date of birth:
1799
Date of death:
1847
Bio:
Born into a very poor family on the southern coast of England. Discovered skeleton of first Ichthyosaur to be correctly identified. First Plesiosaur. Discovered fish fossils and the first pterosaur found outside of Germany. Discovered belemnite fossils which contained fossilized ink sacs, like those of modern cephalopods. Her pastor encouraged the study of geology. Education was limited due to her gender. Oftentimes, she would discover fossils, but aristocratic scientists would write descriptions of them