Mary Anning The Greatest Fossilist the World Ever Knew

Subodh Mahanti


Society, wrote: “She was poor, she was a woman and came from a non-conformist Mary Anning was born and lived in Lyme Regis, Dorset, England, a place of great geological importance. This area located in the southwest England is now called the Jurassic Coast and it has been recognised as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

She had very little formal education. She learned geology and anatomy on her own. She made significant contributions to the early development of paleontology. She is the most famous fossil discoverer in the history of paleontology and is rightly called ‘Princes of Paleontology’. Her pioneering discoveries changed the then existing understanding of the history of life on Earth and the history of the Earth itself and they also laid the groundwork for the development of Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution.

In her lifetime, the scientific community hardly gave any recognition to her pioneering work. In those days women were not allowed to formally participate in the discussions of scientific societies. Paul Barrett, a dinosaur expert at London’s Natural History family. These factors all worked against her — although, without doubt, being female was the…read more on NOPR