ANNING, MARY (1799-1847), English fossil-collector, the
daughter of Richard Anning, a cabinet-maker, was born at Lyme
Regis in May 1799. Her father was one of the earliest collectors
and dealers in fossils, obtained chiefly from the Lower Lias in that
famous locality. When but a child in 1811 she discovered the
first specimen of Ichthyosaurus which was brought into scientific
notice; in 1821 she found remains of a new saurian, the
Plesiosaurus and in 1828 she procured, for the first time in England,
remains of a pterodactyl (Dimorphodon). She died on the 9th
of March 1847.
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