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Mary Anning’s Plesiosaur

Mary Anning was born to a poor family at the turn of the 19th century in the English seaside town of Lyme Regis. There was little to indicate she would one day help revolutionize science and humankind’s understanding of the natural world.

According to local legend, Anning’s curiosity and a knack for unearthing fascinating fossils had a rather unconventional cause. When she was only a year old, Mary was struck by lightning while attending a traveling equestrian event. The person holding Anning perished, but the young child somehow survived. The Anning family often retold this event and credited it with improving her health and developing her high level of intelligence.


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