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Noun1.Fossilist - a specialist in paleontologyfossilist - a specialist in paleontology  
scientist - a person with advanced knowledge of one or more sciences
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Mary Anning (1799-1847) was a famed fossilist whose discoveries where breakthroughs for geology and the museum is built on the site of her home.
But the most famous geological finds at Lyme fell to a working-class girl, Mary Arming (1799-1847), who was later famed as "the fossil woman," praised as "the greatest fossilist the world ever knew," and commemorated by a stained glass window placed in Lyme's church of St.
Marty Zinn's Arizona Mineral and Fossil Show again was held at the Smuggler's Inn, Clarion and InnSuites hotels (these were for mineral people: fossilists hung out largely at the Ramada).