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21/05/1799 English fossil collector Mary Anning is born

Anning made her first significant discovery at the age of 11 when she found a complete skeleton of an Ichthyosaur, a large marine reptile from the Jurassic period. The skeleton was ten-meter-long. It created a sensation and made Mary Anning famous. Later she found the first complete Plesiosaurus, another large extinct marine reptile.