Google doodle celebrates Mary Annings 215th birth anniversary

Google doodle celebrates Mary Anning's 215th birth anniversary

Internet giant Google on Wednesday honoured British fossil collector Mary Anning on her 215th birth anniversary.

Visitors on the homepage were treated with a doodle that features Anning searching for fossils, with the remains of animals making up the word Google finally.Anning is best known for her work collecting fossils from the Jurassic period near her home in Lyme Regis Dorset.

Born on May 21st 1799, Anning contributed to fundamental changes that occurred during her lifetime in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth. Her first discovery was a skull, when she was just twelve, along with her brother Joseph.

According to Wikipedia, the palaeontologist became known around the world for important finds she made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset, where she lived. Despite her popularity in Britain, Europe and America, Mary Anning couldn't make it to the Geological Society of London on account of her gender.

Mary Anning died of breast cancer at the age of 47 in 1847. She was named one of the ten most influential women in the history of science. She has also had three species named in her honour.

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