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Devil's fingers, snake stones and verteberries fabric by moirarae on Spoonflower - custom fabric

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Mary Anning (21 May 1799 - 9 March 1847) was a British fossil collector, dealer, and paleontologist. She became world famous for a number of important finds, made in the Jurassic marine fossil beds at Lyme Regis in Dorset. Her work contributed to fundamental changes that occurred during her lifetime in scientific thinking about prehistoric life and the history of the Earth.

Vignettes of fossils discovered by Mary Anning in the Blue Lias fossil beds at Lyme Regis.

Belemnites - bullet shaped fossils which the locals called "devil's fingers"
fragments of crinoids - they look like wee flowers or stars,
fossilised gastropods - sea shells
and of course those lovely curled Ammonites... "snake-stones".

There was also a local name for the sections of animal spine... "verteberries" (vertebrae), to which were sometimes attributed medicinal and mystical properties!

Devil's fingers, snake stones and verteberries

by moirarae
Oh, and your very own pleisiousaurus!
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