Though she had a limited education, Mary Anning worked diligently to keep up with the scientific readings in the fields of archeology and paleontology. But being a woman and from working-class roots hampered her integration into Britain's upper-class scientific circles. Not to be stopped, she often wrote publicly to challenge findings she did not agree with, which only drew male archaeologists and paleontologists to her Dorset doorstep.
It is thanks both to her remarkable discoveries as well as her thorough knowledge, that Mary Anning became a well-known figure in Europe. Her contributions to the field of paleontology are still well remembered today. Though she never received the recognition due her in life, she is today regarded as one of the most influential women in the history of science.
Mary Anning contributed huge discoveries to the paleontological field, despite a lack of education and institutional support. That's why she's a Time Traveler Tours #HistoryHero. Many thanks to Heather Kilgour of both London and New Zealand, for bringing her to our attention.