Mary Anning (1799-1847) was one of the earliest female marine biologists, fossil collector and Palaeontologists. She helped discover the Jurassic era of marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis by making some important discoveries. Which includes the skeleton of the first ichthyosaur to be recognised and the first two plesiosaur skeletons ever found, as well as many more.
Despite this, her gender and her social class prevented her from fully participating in the scientific community in early 19th century Britain. After she died, her groundbreaking contributions to Palaeontology were largely forgotten.
In 2010, the Royal Society named her as one of the top 10 British Women to influence the history of science.
And now, thanks to 3rd-year student Alicia Laing who named our new vessel, we celebrate her history!