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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.
These fossilists, about 10 persons, included a woman who collected and sold bones as a way of making a living, an Oxford professor, physicians who studied fossils as a side interest, and a French anatomist.