She Was A Paleobiologist, And Her Expeditions To The Gobi Desert Were So Successful That She Brought Back Over 20 Tons Of Fossils

Zofia’s expeditions to the Gobi Desert were so successful that her group brought over 20 tons of fossils back to Poland. She kept detailed notes during her journey and wrote about it in her book Hunting for Dinosaurs, which was published and translated into English in 1969.

Zofia’s research and findings changed how some scientists looked at the evolution of prehistoric mammals. After returning from the Gobi Desert, Zofia took several jobs as a professor at institutions like the University of Oslo and the Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle in Paris.

She won many awards for her work, including the Walter Granger Memorial Award in 1988 and the Righteous Among the Nations Medal in 1999.

In 2004, she published a reference book titled, Mammals From the Age Of Dinosaurs with co-author Zhe-Xi Lou. One year later, it won her the Prize of the Foundation for Polish Science.

Amazingly, some extinct animals have been named after Zofia in her honor, like the Zofiabaatar, a mammal from the Upper Jurassic period. 

Zofia passed away a few weeks before her 90th birthday on March 13th, 2015. However, her hard work will never be forgotten.

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