Mary Anning Discovered Pterodactyl Skeleton

Mary Anning discovered her true calling as a palaeontologist at the age of 12, upon discovering the first authenticated ichthyosaur skeleton in the seaside cliffs at Lyme Regis, England in 1810. Mary sold the skull to a university professor for £23, as means to support her widowed mother. In 1824, the Duke of Buckingham paid her £150 for the skeleton of a plesiosaur. In 1828 she unearthed the first known pterodactyl skeleton.

      1810, 1824, 1828
      Mary Anning
      Lyme Regis, England

Additional Information:

  • Mary Anning – Wikipedia
    Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was an English fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important finds she made in Jurassic marine fossil beds in the cliffs along the English Channel at Lyme Regis in the county of Dorset in Southwest England.
  • Mary Anning (1799-1847) – UCMP Berkeley
    Despite the fact that Mary Anning’s life has been made the subject of several books and articles, comparatively little is known about her life, and many people are …
  • Mary Anning: Lyme Regis Museum
    Mary Anning’s discoveries were some of the most significant geological finds of all time. They provided evidence that was central to the development of new …
  • Mary Anning | English fossil hunter and anatomist | Britannica
    Mary Anning, (born May 21, 1799, Lyme Regis, Dorset, Eng. —died March 9, 1847, Lyme Regis), prolific English fossil hunter and amateur anatomist credited with the discovery of several dinosaur specimens that assisted in the early development of paleontology.
  • Mary Anning – Fossil hunter – BBC Bitesize
    Mary Anning – Fossil hunter. Mary Anning was born on 21 May 1799. She lived in the English seaside town of Lyme Regis in Dorset. Her family were very poor, which meant she didn’t get to attend school much. Instead, she mainly taught herself to read and write.

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