Mary Anning was a teenage girl who lived in a poor family. To earn money she would look for fosils on pieces of slate beside the beach and sell them.
One day, she found something amazing. It was like a dolphin with a long bill, sharp backwards carved teeth and a tail like a shark. The fossil belonged to an ichthyosaurus - the first ever found. She sold it to Sedgwick who added it to his collection. She found more interesting fossils after her first great find as well.
At the gift shop, mum bought us each a fossil bag with three different fossils in it. You had to identify the fossils - I got an ammonite, a bivalve and a crinoid stem!
Mary Anning Ichthyosaur