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The next Mary Anning? The fossil-hunting Somerset schoolgirl, 8, searches the Jurassic coast of Great Britain

The next Mary Anning? Fossil Hunt Somerset schoolgirl, 8, searches the Jurassic Coast of Great Britain and finds ancient ammonites and Victorian jewelry

  • Amelie Rosser lives in Dorset and searches the Jurassic Coast for treasures
  • She has previously found ancient fossils and a silver Virgin Mary pendant
  • Proud father Mark, 45, described his daughter as “like a human metal detector”
  • A golden ring from the Victorian era was also found on the beach

A young schoolgirl from Somerset is praised while the following Mary Anning, after the famous paleontologist, inspired her to hunt for fossils.

Amelie Rosser, 8, regularly searches the Jurassic Coast in Great Britain with her parents and brother Jacob, 12, looking for interesting objects.

Amelie and her family, from Chard, Somerset, have already found fossils, a pendant with engravings of the Virgin Mary and a 22-carat Victorian ring.

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Amelie Rosser, 8, regularly visits the British Jurassic Coast with her parents and brother Jacob, 12, looking for interesting artifacts

Amelie Rosser, 8, regularly visits the British Jurassic Coast with her parents and brother Jacob, 12, looking for interesting artifacts

Amelie Rosser with a fossil she found on the beach. Little Amelie Rosser, who regards fossil collector Mary Anning as one of her inspiration, has found a large number of treasures - on the same beaches as her hero

Amelie Rosser with a fossil she found on the beach. Little Amelie Rosser, who regards fossil collector Mary Anning as one of her inspiration, has found a large number of treasures - on the same beaches as her hero

Amelie Rosser with a fossil she found on the beach. Little Amelie Rosser, who regards fossil collector Mary Anning as one of her inspiration, has found a large number of treasures – on the same beaches as her hero

Mary Anning, the 19th-century paleontologist behind the nursery rhyme ‘she sells sea shells on the coast’, inspired the young schoolgirl.

The small 22-carat gold wedding ring was found in a pile of rocks under a cliff in Lyme Regis, Dorset.

She ran away to show her mother, Renata, after she found the jewelry.

Proud father Mark, 45, described his daughter as “like a human metal detector” because of her predisposition to find lost objects.

Rosser joked that his little girl could wear the ring even in the future if she got married.

A young schoolgirl from Somerset is praised while the following Mary Anning, after the famous paleontologist, inspired her to hunt for fossils. Pictured: an ammonite fossil she found on Jurassic Coast beach

A young schoolgirl from Somerset is praised while the following Mary Anning, after the famous paleontologist, inspired her to hunt for fossils. Pictured: an ammonite fossil she found on Jurassic Coast beach

A young schoolgirl from Somerset is praised while the following Mary Anning, after the famous paleontologist, inspired her to hunt for fossils. Pictured: an ammonite fossil she found on Jurassic Coast beach

Amelie and her family, from Chard, Somerset, have already found fossils, a pendant with engravings of the Virgin Mary and a 22-carat Victorian ring

Amelie and her family, from Chard, Somerset, have already found fossils, a pendant with engravings of the Virgin Mary and a 22-carat Victorian ring

Amelie and her family, from Chard, Somerset, have already found fossils, a pendant with engravings of the Virgin Mary and a 22-carat Victorian ring

He says that the ring most likely landed on the beach from an old point at the top of the cliff.

He said: “That part of the beach is the place of an old end that falls off the cliffs above it, so the ring could have been lost in the back of a couch, left in a drawer, the bag of some old clothes.

“I don’t think it was the result of a broken woman throwing her ring at the sea.

‘We have found a nice silver necklace to keep it and it is safely stored in its own shell box.

‘Amelie wants to keep it for the time being, maybe in the future it can be sold to pay at the university or something, maybe she could keep it to herself as a wedding ring if she ever got married.

“She is a human metal detector with very good eyes.

“It may be difficult to choose shapes between the jumble of rocks and metal, but she seems to have the gift.”

The mother of two Renata, 41, looked for the characteristics and the family was enthusiastic to get to know the 1850 ring and was of 22 carat gold.

Pictured, the beach at Charmouth, Dorset. The Jurassic Coast of Britain is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pictured, the beach at Charmouth, Dorset. The Jurassic Coast of Britain is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site

Pictured, the beach at Charmouth, Dorset. The Jurassic Coast of Britain is now a protected UNESCO World Heritage Site

WHO WAS MARY ANNING?

Mary Anning (photo) was a famous 18th-century paleontologist

Mary Anning (photo) was a famous 18th-century paleontologist

Mary Anning (photo) was a famous 18th-century paleontologist

Mary Anning was a famous 18th-century paleontologist.

She came from a very poor family of religious dissenters and was never married or had no children.

She was one of the faithful ten children and was only one of the two to survive until adulthood.

Her father, a furniture maker named Richard, introduced her to fossil hunting.

She is the inspiration behind the children’s song ‘she sells sea shells on the coast’, the young schoolgirl inspired.

She was born in Lyme Regis, Dover in 1799 and died of breast cancer at the age of 47.

As a woman in science, it was even more difficult at this time to build up a credible reputation in any scientific field.

The science world in the 19th century was, remarkably, even more male oriented than today’s testosterone-driven scientific world.

She searched the Blue Lias cliffs in or shortly after bad weather when the landslides revealed new fossils.

In such a case, her dog, Tray, was killed and she almost died.

She famously discovered the first ichthyosaurus skeleton that was correctly identified when she was 12 years old.

The perfectly preserved find was more than 17 feet (5.2 meters) long.

Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution would not be published for half a century and people debated what this monster was.

It was eventually called ichthyosaur, which means fish lizard.

It is in fact neither fish nor lizard, but a marine reptile that lived around 201-194 million years ago.

She also found the first complete skeleton of a Plesiosaurus and the first Pterodactyl – then still a Dimorphodon – outside of Germany.

All her party tents are now in the Natural History Museum.

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