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Can you say “She sells seashells by the seashore” five times fast? It’s tricky!

And if you’re like most people, you’ve been twisting your tongue over that one for years. In fact, people have been trying to say it without stumbling for 108 years.

But did you know it actually goes back even further than that? Almost a century farther, in fact, and the mysterious seashell-selling woman on the shore? She was a real person, and she changed how we understand our planet’s very history.

Mary Anning was born in 1799 in Lyme Regis in Dorset, England. She was the eldest daughter of a cabinetmaker, and the family supplemented their income by digging up fossils to sell to tourists on the shore.

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