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(Atlas Obscura)   And, did we mention she was struck by lightning as an infant? The story of she who sells seashells by the seashore   ( atlasobscura.com) divider line
    More: Interesting, Mary Anning, Anning's fossils, year-old Anning, Jurassic Coast, History of paleontology, Dinosaur, Public Domain/Wikimedia Commons, Henry De la Beche  
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2017-11-05 01:36:47 AM  
On the one hand, that's a really neat bit of history. On the other hand, it is very disappointing her name is not Shelly, nor does she have a sister named Sally.
2017-11-05 03:05:45 AM  
They don't make women like they use to
2017-11-05 07:41:42 AM  
I remember reading about her a while back. Great read.
2017-11-05 08:08:17 AM  
Well on her way to breaking a record.
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2017-11-05 08:15:29 AM  
Extra History did an awesome video on her.
Mary Anning - Princess of Paleontology - Extra History
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2017-11-05 09:36:04 AM  
Heliocentrism was becoming generally accepted by scientists by the time Mary Anning was born.
2017-11-05 10:39:58 AM  
Iirc the Today I Found Out YouTube channel covered this a few weeks ago.
2017-11-05 11:13:45 AM  
That was a great story thanks subby
2017-11-05 11:16:56 AM  
I heard that later on, she went into the rubber baby buggy bumper business
2017-11-05 11:38:54 AM  

Alcaste: Extra History did an awesome video on her.
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QI also covered this
2017-11-05 12:39:03 PM  
> The Scrappy Female Paleontologist Whose Life Inspired a Tongue Twister

Actually there is no evidence that Mary Anning is behind  the phrase "she sells sea shells".

This is a good, though long, read:
She Sells Seashells and Mary Anning: Metafolklore with a Twist

My summary: Despite many claims that she inspired Terry Sullivan's 1908 song lyrics "she sells sea shells" (audio included in link) that song was based on a popular tongue twister. The earliest published version of the phrase "she sells sea shells" comes from 1855, in the book Letters and Sounds: An Introduction to English Reading by Alexander Melville Bell as an elocution exercise, and nowhere in the unearthed history of this tongue twister is there any mention of Mary Anning, Dorset Beach, or Lyme Regis, where she had her shop Anning's Fossil Depot.

In the end, even though there's no evidence for it, the legend of Mary Anning inspiring "She Sells Seashells" is poetic justice in a very literal sense: a woman who deserves fame gets celebrated in a poem so famous we all know it. The legend is also metafolklore with a delightful twist. It tells us that we've been recognizing the accomplishments of an important and underappreciated woman ever since we were kids, every time we recited that magical little poem, "She sells seashells by the seashore."
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