And about time we say! All thanks to the hard work and money raising effort of an 11 year school girl called Evie, who wondered why there was no statue of such an important woman, whilst fossil hunting in Lyme Regis. She wrote a letter to the local council to ask for Mary Anning to be recognised for great discoveries. Eventually culminating 5 years later, into a statue on the beach of Mary Anning with her dog Tray being unveiled on what would have been Mary’s 223rd birthday.
Mary Anning was at the forefront of discoveries into palaeontology, but as a female and a child, when she first made the discovery of first skeleton of an ichthyosaur she was largely ignored. You can see the new statue here: https://www.bbc.co.uk/newsround/61534187
To access an amazing resource to support lessons connected to fossils, Mary Anning and evolution, follow this link https://www.ase.org.uk/mary-anning-fossil-hunters-story