Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Happy Birthday to Mary Anning!

Today is the 215th birthday of Mary Anning!  In case you didn't know, Mary Anning was one of the most important early fossil hunters in history.  Starting when she was just a child, she was responsible for the discovery of several important species.  She lived in Southern England and used to do all her hunting along the Jurassic fossil beds known as the Lyme Regis formation.

Mary Anning discovered well known species like the pterosaur, Dimorphodon, and the first known plesiosaur and ichthyosaurs to science!

Ichthyosaurus, a famous prehistoric reptile discovered by Mary Anning back in the 1800s.

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