Sunday, March 23, 2014
Mary Anning and Her Fossils
Over the years, Mary found other significant dinosaur remains which eventually made their way to the British Museum. Because she was a woman and came from a working class family, she was not allowed to attend meetings of the newly founded geologists association even though she was more knowledgeable than most of the members. Many of them had bought fossils from Mary and had gleaned information about fossils from her when they visited Lyme Regis. Mary never married and always struggled financially in spite of her important discoveries. In her forties, she became ill with cancer, and one of the well-to-do fossil enthusiasts arranged for her to receive a small pension. She died at 47.
You can read more about her and Elizabeth Philpott on Wiki.