21 May 2014 :: Google has celebrated the 215th anniversary of the birth of British palaeontologist Mary Anning with a special doodle. Anning is best known for her work collecting fossils from the Jurassic period near her home in Lyme Regis Dorset. Today’s colourful Google Doodle shows her uncovering a dinosaur’s fossilised remains. Anning is recognised for contributing to fundamental changes in scientific thinking about prehistoric life.
Mary Anning (21 May 1799 – 9 March 1847) was a British fossil collector, dealer, and palaeontologist who became known around the world for important findings she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset, where she lived. Her work contributed to fundamental changes that occurred during her lifetime in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.
Mary Anning died of cancer, aged 47, on 9th March 1847.