Mary Anning, the first female paleontologist, was born in 1799 in Saint Régis, England. After her father's death, she and her brother began selling fossils to support their family. Mary discovered a five-meter prehistoric crocodile-like creature but was not given credit due to her gender. She continued her work and opened a fossil shop, but it wasn't until after her death from breast cancer in 1847 that she received recognition in the scientific community. Mary Anning was declared one of the most influential British scientists in history in 2010 by the Royal Society.