Mary Anning was a pioneering paleontologist and described as “the greatest fossilist the world ever knew” for her work. Mary’s home in England was located near the cliffs at Lyme Regis, which had many fossils from the jurassic period. Mary’s father collected fossils and influenced her interest in paleontology. Mary helped discover the first ichthyosaur fossils. Mary often was not credited for her fossil discoveries because she was poor woman.