Women in Science: Mary Anning (and Dorothy Hodgkin)

Just wanted to share these wonderful postcards celebrating the work of scientists!

Aren’t they cool?

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I’ve already written a post about Dorothy Hodgkin, but thought I’d include some more information about Mary Anning:

  • Mary Anning lived on the Jurassic coast in Dorset, and is responsible for some of the most important paleontological finds in the UK.
  • She found the first fossil Ichthyosaur, two of the first fossil Plesiosaurs, and the first fossil Pterosaur outside of Germany.
  • Mary Anning was not allowed to attend meetings at the Geological Society of London, and much of her work was published by male contemporaries.
  • She was included on the Royal Society’s 2010 list of ’10 British women who have most influenced the history of science’

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A Rhomeleosaurus cramptoni found by Mary  Anning, in the Natural History Museum, London (Wikimedia commons)

I would definitely recommend visiting Lyme Regis and the Jurassic coast if you ever get the opportunity to! There are a lot of opportunities to go fossil hunting, and it’s easy to find ammonites, belemnites, and even bits of vertebrae if you’re lucky!

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