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by | Jun 2, 2022 | News

Mary Anning: Lyme Regis fossil hunter’s statue unveiled at Lyme Regis.

This is so exciting for our local beach – Lyme.

A seafront statue of palaeontologist Mary Anning has been unveiled in her hometown of Lyme Regis, Dorset.

Anning’s discoveries in the early 19th Century helped shape scientific understanding of prehistoric life, but her work was never properly recognised.

Crowds turned out for the unveiling on 21st May, carried out by Prof Alice Roberts.

Evie Swire, 15, campaigned for four years for the memorial, which was unveiled on what would have been Anning’s 223rd birthday.

Mary, the fossil hunter lived in Lyme Regis, part of what is now called the Jurassic Coast, and began searching the coastline as a child.  She was the first person to discover a complete plesiosaurus, in 1823.

Palaeontologist Mary Anning Statue in Lyme Regis

Mary Anning Statue



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