Mary Anning
Mary has the power to turn any material, or person, into a fossil.
Get to know
Mary was born in a small town in England were she gained her superpower after being hit by lightning. She is powerful, and is a born leader, however, despite her abilities, Mary's powers are temporary which can lead to her finding herself in difficult situations more often than not.
Occupation
Palaeontologist
SCIENCE SUPERHERO
Mary had a lucky escape when she was a baby. The woman carrying her was struck by lightning
The Mesozoic Era is an interval of geological time from about 252 million years ago. It is also called the Age of Reptiles
The background of her card can be found in the 1842 painting of Mary
As children, Mary and her brother Joseph went fossil hunting to supplement the family's income
Mary's discoveries included the first Ichthyosaur skeleton. These were large marine reptiles that lived 250 million years ago
Mary features in our card game: Top Quarkz
TRUE IDENTITY
Mary hunted for fossils on the beaches of her home town of Lyme Regis (England). She was just 12 when she found her first fossil. Later, she discovered a Plesiosaur fossil which helped to prove how living creatures had evolved and supported the theory of evolution. Anning died at the age of 47 in 1847. Charles Dickens wrote of her "The carpenter's daughter has won a name for herself, and has deserved to win it."
About Mary
What Does an Palaeontologist Do?
Paleontologists study all fossilised past life. These might be bones or plants even very old poop.
DID YOU KNOW ?
Ichthyosaurs (Greek for "fish lizard") were large extinct marine reptiles that lived during the Mesozoic era
What's an Ichthyosaur?
Mary Anning , the Fossil Hunter was just 12 when she found her first fossil.
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What's a Fossil?
Fossils are the remains of dead plants and animals that get trapped and preserved for long periods of time
Fossilised poop is called coprolites. Scientists found bits of crushed bones in a T-Rex's poop.
Fun Facts: Fossils
The oldest fossils are bacteria. Scientists found the fossilised remains of byproducts produced by ancient bacteria
Without fossils, we wouldn't know about dinosaurs
A nest of fossil remains from 15 baby dinosaurs was discovered
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