Historic Jurassic fossil find among dinosaur stamp set
The work of a pioneering Westcountry fossil hunter has been celebrated as part of a set of dinosaur stamps.
Royal Mail has launched the set to mark more than 200 years of dinosaur fossil discoveries in the UK.
Among the ten, long-extinct creatures is the ichthyosaurus, a dolphin-like reptile dating back to the Jurassic period.
The fossilised remains of the animal were discovered in 1811 by Lyme Regis fossil hunter Mary Anning, who was aged just 12 at the time, and her older brother Joseph.
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The pair unearthed the 2m (6.5ft) long skull from 205 million-year-old Blue Lias cliffs on the beach.
It remains to this day one of the most famous geological finds on the Jurassic Coast, though Anning was never credited as a scientist.
Launching the stamps at the Natural History Museum, where the ichthyosaurus skull is kept, Sir David Attenborough said: "It was a British scientist, Sir Robert Owen, the first director of the Natural History Museum, who first identified a dinosaur and who invented that name for the whole group."
Born in 1799, Anning, who is thought to have inspired the tongue-twister "She sells sea shells", was a self-educated, working class woman.
Lyme Regis Museum is built on the site of her birthplace, and contains a tool she used to extract fossils from the cliffs.
The stamps are now available online.