In 2011, science writer Sarah Zielinski shared biographies of 10 women scientists lost to history.
As a huge fan of dinosaurs, it was a pleasure to see her list included Mary Anning, (1799 – 1847), a prolific fossil hunter whose finds included Ichthyosaurus, the “fish-lizard.”
According to Zielinski, she also found long-necked plesiosaurs, “a pterodactyl and hundreds, possibly thousands, of other fossils that helped scientists to draw a picture of the marine world 200 million to 140 million years ago during the Jurassic. ”
Like many women scientists in history, she was self-taught. Her studies included anatomy, geology, paleontology and scientific illustration.
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