Amazing Facts About Mary Anning – The First Female Paleontologist

Her Family Sold Fossils To Earn Extra Income

#8 Her Family Sold Fossils To Earn Extra Income

Lyme Regis was a popular holiday destination frequented by middle-class and wealthy people.

The Lyme Regis locals have been selling fossils as memorabilia even before the Anning family shifted to Lyme Regis.

Richard Anning, the father of Mary Anning, was the sole breadwinner of the family.

A carpenter and cabinetmaker by profession, Richard turned to fossil hunting for creating an additional and profitable stream for income.

The Anning family sold their fossil findings outside their house on the town’s Bridge. In the late 18th century and early 19th century, collecting fossils was in full swing and was a favorite pastime.

However, things started to change when people started understanding the scientific significance.

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