Amazing Facts About Mary Anning – The First Female Paleontologist

Discovery Of Ichthyosaurs

#28 Discovery Of Ichthyosaurs

One of Mary Anning’s first and most significant discoveries was the remains of Ichthyosaurus.

Initially, her brother Joseph found a gigantic four-foot skull, and then Mary found the skeleton months later.

Even though many Ichthyosaurs’ remains were discovered well before, Mary Anning’s skeleton caught the attention of scientific and geological circles across London.

The skeleton was purchased by a lord, who then passed it on to William Bullock, who put it for public display in London.

The structure of Ichthyosaurs created quite the buzz and raised questions in the religious and scientific community about the earth’s history.

Between 1815 and 1819, Anning discovered several other Ichthyosaurs fossils that had complete skeletons of different sizes.

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