March 26 of Women’s Herstory month someone new to their field:
Mary Anning (1799-1847) was born and raised near the cliffs of Lyme Regis in southwestern England; the rocky outcrops near her home were teemingwith Jurassic fossils.
She taught herself to recognize, excavate and prepare these relics when the field of paleontology was in its infancy — and closed to women.
Anning provided London paleontologists with their first glimpse of an ichthyosaur, a large marine reptile that lived alongside dinosaurs, in fossils that she discovered when she was no more than 12 years old, the University of California Museum of Paleontology (UCMP) in Berkeley, California, reported. She also found the first fossil of a plesiosaur (another extinct marine reptile).