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"A strong, energetic spinster… tanned and masculine in expression"

"She was very good humoured, but gossiped and abused almost everyone in Lyme, laughing extremely at the young dandies."

"She must have been poor enough, for her little shop was scantily furnished, and her own dress always of the very plainest."

"There lived this very timid, very unpretentious, very patient and very celebrated woman, the discoverer of the Ichthyosaur and of other fossil remains."

"According to her these men of learning have sucked her brains, and made a great deal by publishing works of which she furnished the contents, while she derived none of the advantages."

Reproduced with the permission of the
Natural History Museum, London

HIGHS & LOWS
OF MARY’S LIFE
:

• struck by lightning and survives
• father dies when Mary is 11, leaving family in heavy debt
• discovers first complete ichthyosaur & plesiosaur
• identifies fossilized dinosaur faeces, called coprolites
• discovers first British pterodactyl
• a fossil collector Mary has helped sells his collection and gives family £400
• never marries or has children
• dies of breast cancer, age 47