My history hero: Mary Anning (1799–1847)

Actor Jenny Agutter chooses Mary Anning, a renowned fossil collector and palaeontologist, as her history hero

Mary Anning. (Photo by The Natural History Museum/Alamy Stock Photo)

This article was first published in the January 2017 issue of BBC History Magazine

“I admire the extraordinary imagination, energy and determination that enabled her not just to overcome her circumstances, but to become one of the country’s most eminent palaeontologists”

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