Today’s Google Doodle is a celebrates Mary Anning by turning the google.com homepage logo into an underground fossil. That prompts the question – just who is Mary Anning? As the doodle suggests, she was a paleontologist and fossil collector who was born on this day in 1799, making today her posthumous 215th birthday. The illustration depicts Anning cleaning a dinosaur fossil protruding from the top of the second “g” in Google. She makes for an interesting choice today in that despite her major contributions to mapping out the Jurassic dinosaur era, her name is not widely known among the general public.
Many Anning is the second Google Doodle this week, the first having been a tribute to the 40th anniversary of the Rubik’s Cube, the popular puzzle game from years past. That particular doodle had been a playable game, while clicking on today’s doodle merely leads to details on Anning’s life and work.
Google routinely turns its logo into a “Doodle” to mark birthdays and anniversaries from science, technology, and popular culture. One of the most famous such doodles was when Google turned its logo into a playing Pac-Man game for a day in 2010 to mark the 30th anniversary of the video game.