Audio slideshow: Jurassic woman

She survived a lightning strike as a child, and it's suggested that she inspired the tongue-twister "She sells sea shells" - but it was her prolific work on the Dorset beaches, known now as the Jurassic Coast, that earned Mary Anning her place in scientific history.

Her fossil discoveries 200 years ago near Lyme Regis - are being celebrated by the Royal Society, The Natural History Museum and the town's museum. With novelist Tracy Chevalier, who has written extensively about the early fossil-hunter, take a look back at Mary Anning's remarkable life.

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Lyme Regis Museum is celebrating the life of Mary Anning on the weekend of 23-24 October 2010.

All images subject to copyright. Music courtesy KPM Music.

Slideshow production by Paul Kerley. Publication date 21 October 2010.

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