"the remarkable Mary Anning"

Plesiosaurus macrocephalus
Public DomainPlesiosaurus macrocephalus" discovered by Mary Anning
Mary Anning (1799-1847) was a geologist, palaeontologist and the owner of a fossil shop in the early 19th century in Lyme Regis.   She is called "the greatest fossil hunter ever known" in her Natural History Museum biography but her gender, class and non-confirmist religious beliefs meant that she received little credit for her work during her lifetime.

Her life is the subject of a 2009 novel by Tracy Chevalier, called Remarkable Creatures.