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Mary Anning[edit]

Hi, you are doing quite a few things wrong here - pushing your own point of view; confusing one specific piece of fakery with the definite truth that Anning discovered real fossils; and breaching someone else's copyright. Best leave it alone, it won't get you anywhere on Wikipedia. Chiswick Chap (talk) 21:17, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

I'm not sure I understand. I'm not pushing any point of view, merely listing some facts about her career. I'm not denying any truth about her other achievements regarding the discovery of real fossils. Why are you insinuating or assuming that I'm doing that? The page has a section on Ichthyosaurs, doesn't that make it very relevant? If this woman has a bad stain on her career, one that includes fraud and deceiving the public, shouldn't that information be made available to the public? What good is this section on Ichthyosaurs without mention of the most important piece of information regarding it, namely that she fabricated the fossil! How can you control the narrative and choose to leave out such an important detail?
I'd like to make a few points which I hope can be agreed on:
  • The Guardian article reminds us that Mary Anning discovered ichthyosaurs in 1809. It also says that the fake was presented to the museum in 1884, 37 years afer she died. There is not the slightest reason to suppose that she was associated with the fake, nor does the Guardian article suggest that. So including the story here really is off-topic.
  • the repeated references by to "this woman" do rather suggest a hostile point of view.
  • The copyright violation is not serious and could easily be dealt with by rewriting in one' own words, were that appropriate
  • Chiswick Chap has has no business to advise "Best leave it alone", and he ought to observe WP:AGF
SamuelTheGhost (talk) 16:33, 20 November 2014 (UTC)