Who was Mary Anning?

This is Mary Anning.

She lived in England and was famous for finding fossils.

Find out more about her, below.

Key facts

  • Mary Anning was born in 1799.
  • She made important discoveries about fossils.
  • Mary is one of the greatest fossil hunters to have ever lived.

Did you know?

  • When Mary was a toddler, a woman holding her was struck by lightning! Mary survived.
  • Mary was the first person to discover a complete Ichthyosaurus skeleton. This is now on display at the Natural History Museum in London.
  • Mary had a dog called Tray, who she took with her when she searched for fossils.

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