Mary Anning and her surprising Dorset discoveries | Natural History Museum


Behind me is Black Ven, near Lyme Regis, where Mary Anning did a lot of her hunting. Mary was really the first person who looked
inside coprolites and saw the remains of fish, with scales and
bone. And this prompted William Buckland, who was
a well-known geologist, to confirm that they were coprolites, which
is fossilised faeces. The study of coprolites tells you key information about an animal’s diet and predation habits. Mary Anning’s dedication and observation show that there’s great scientific value in
looking at even trivial things. Even poo.

Dereck Turner

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