Ms. Mary Anning (b.1799) and her family made a modest living selling fossils which they found along the English coast. They prowled the shore, gathering a remarkable selection of marine specimens. Despite having no formal education, she had a gift for comparative anatomy, and became renowned for her insights.
Ms. Anning is known as the ‘Princess of Paleontology’ for providing the first complete fossil of an Ichthyosaur (see above), as well as fossil Plesiosaurs, and a range of other critters. Being a working-class woman, she suffered a lack of acknowledgement, but today is listed among the 10 most influential women in the history of British Science.
A big Your Inner Rhino salute to Ms. Anning!!