SciShow Explains Why Mary Anning Was Possibly ‘The Greatest Fossilist in the World’

SciShow (see previously) host Hank Green explains why Mary Anning was possibly “The Greatest Fossilist in the World” in a recent episode. Anning lived from 1799 to 1847 and was one of the earliest to treat fossils as objects of scientific study rather than just collector’s items. Anning discovered the first plesiosaur fossil and was the first to discover that what collectors called “bezoar stones” were actually pieces of fossilized feces, now known as coprolites.