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Happy B-day Mary.

Three watercolors of fossils found by Mary Anning done with freaking fossil belemnite ink. (!!!)

Top: Dimorphodon macronyx by Mary’s brother Joseph done around 1828. Drawing now in the collection of the Lyme Regis Museum. Borrowed from Martill 2010.

Bottom: Two very similar Ichthyosaurus skull illustrations, by Elizabeth Philpot, 1833 (left) and Sir Henry de la Beche, 1834 (right). Borrowed from Birchall 2012 and Clary 2003 [pdf].

Similar paintings were apparently cranked out in large numbers for the Lyme Regis fossil tourist trade that was sparked by Mary and her father and brother. Check your attics.