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Mary Anning: English Paleontologist 1799-1847.

Mary Anning was born to a poor family that was shunned due to religious discrimination. To make some extra money the family began collecting fossils by the sea and selling them. Mary took over the family business after her father died and made many important fossil finds in the county of Dorset, but as a woman was kept out of the Geographical Society of London and often did not receive credit for her finds.

My favorite part of researching for this illustration was finding that local parlance referred to vertebrae as “verteberries”