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Fossil Hunters
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Mary __________________________ (1799-1847) was a British fossil hunter who began finding __________________________ as a child, and soon supported herself and her very poor __________________________ by finding and selling fossils. Very little is known about her life, but her ____________________ was a cabinet maker and he also collected local fossils.______

Mary lived on the southern coast of __________________________, in a town called Lyme Regis. Its famous __________________________ by the sea contain incredible fossil layers that date from the Triassic, __________________________ and Cretaceous periods (the time of the dinosaurs, other bizarre reptiles, large insects, sea creatures, early mammals, and other life forms).

Mary Anning found and prepared the first __________________________ plesiosaur (an ocean-dwelling reptile) and the first Ichthyosaurus (an __________________________ reptile that looked like a dolphin). She found many other important fossils, including Pterodactylus (a __________________________ reptile), __________________________ (and other fish), and so on. Together with her brother Joseph, Mary supplied prepared fossil specimens to many __________________________, scientists, and private collections.



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