Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska
Born (1925-04-25) April 25, 1925 (age 89)
Nationality Polish
Fields Paleontology
Institutions Polska Akademia Nauk
Alma mater Warsaw University
Notable awards Romer-Simpson Medal (1995)

Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (born on April 25, 1925) is a Polish paleobiologist. In the mid-1960s Kielan-Jaworowska led a series of Polish-Mongolian paleontological expeditions to the Gobi Desert. Kielan-Jaworowska was the first woman to serve on the executive committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Kielan-Jaworowska's studies began in the aftermath of the Second World War: as Warsaw University's department of geology had been destroyed in 1939, she attended lectures in Roman Kozłowski's apartment.[2] She subsequently earned a Masters Degree in zoology and a paleontology doctorate at Warsaw University, where she later became a professor. She married Zbigniew Jaworowski, a professor of radiobiology, in 1958.[1]

Paleobiologist career[edit]

Kielan-Jaworowska was employed by the Instytut Paleobiologii of the Polska Akademia Nauk. She held a number of functions in professional organizations in Poland and the United States, and was the first woman to serve on the executive committee of the International Union of Geological Sciences.[1]

Kielan-Jaworowska's work included the study of Devonian and Ordovician trilobites from Central Europe (Poland and Czech Republic), leading several Polish-Mongolian paleontological expeditions to the Gobi Desert, and the discovery of new species of crocodiles, lizards, turtles, dinosaurs (notably Deinocheirus), birds and multituberculates. She is author of the book Hunting for Dinosaurs, and a coauthor of the book Mammals from the Age of Dinosaurs.

She is a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters.[3]

List of selected publications[edit]

  • — (1979). "Pelvic structure and nature of reproduction in Multituberculata". Nature 277 (5695): 402–403. doi:10.1038/277402a0. 
  • Lillegraven, J. A., Kielan-Jaworowska, Z. and Clemens, W. A. (eds.), Mesozoic Mammals. The First Two-thirds of Mammalian History. University of California Press, Berkeley: 99-149.
  • — (1980). "Absence of ptilodonoidean multituberculates in Asia and its paleogeographic implications". Lethaia 13 (2): 169–175. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1980.tb01047.x. 
  • — (2013). In pursuit of early mammals. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press. ISBN 978-0-253-00817-6. 
  • Fosse, G.; —; Skaale, S. G. (1985). "The microstructure of tooth enamel in multituberculate mammals". Palaeontology 28: 435–449. 
  • —; Presley, R.; Poplin, C. (1986). "Cranial vascular system in taeniolabidoid multituberculate mammals". Transactions of the Royal Society of London , B. Biological Sciences 313 (1164): 525–602. doi:10.1098/rstb.1986.0055. 
  • —; Dashzeveg, D.; Trofimov, B. A. (1987). "Early Cretaceous multituberculates from Asia and a comparison with British and North American Jurassic forms". Acta Palaeontologica Polonica 32: 3–47. 
  • —; Crompton, A. W.; Jenkins F. A. (1987). "The origin of egg laying mammals". Nature 326 (6116): 871–873. doi:10.1038/326871a0. 
  • Hopson, J. A.; —; Allin, E. F. (1989). "The cryptic jugal in multituberculates". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 9 (2): 201–209. doi:10.1080/02724634.1989.10011754. 
  • —; Nesov, L. A. (1990). "On the metatherian nature of the Deltatheroida, a sister group of the Marsupialia". Lethaia 23 (1): 1–10. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1990.tb01776.x. 
  • —; Ensom, P. (1992). "Multituberculate mammals from the Purbeck Limestone Formation (Late Jurassic) of Southern England". Palaeontology 36: 95–126. 
  • Krause, D. W.; —; Bonaparte, J. F. (1992). "Ferugliotherium the first multituberculate from South America". Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology 12 (3): 351–376. doi:10.1080/02724634.1992.10011465. 
  • —; Ensom, P. C. (1994). "Tiny plagiaulacoid multituberculate mammals from the Purbeck Limestone Formation of Dorset, England". Palaeontology 37: 17–31. 
  • — (1997). "Characters of multituberculates neglected in phylogenetic analyses of early mammals". Lethaia 29 (3): 249–266. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1996.tb01658.x. 
  • —; Cifelli, R.; Luo, Z. (1998). "Alleged Cretaceous placental from down under". Lethaia 31 (3): 267–268. doi:10.1111/j.1502-3931.1998.tb00516.x. 
  • Luo: Z.-X.; Cifelli, R. L.; — (2001). "Dual origin of tribosphenic mammals". Nature 409 (6816): 53–57. doi:10.1038/35051023. PMID 11343108. 
  • —; Hurum, J. H. (2001). "Phylogeny and systematics of multituberculate mammals". Palaeontology 44 (3): 389–429. doi:10.1111/1475-4983.00185. 
  • —; Cifelli, Richard L.; Zhe-Xi Luo (2004). Mammals from the age of dinosaurs : origins, evolution, and structure. New York: Columbia University Press. ISBN 0-231-11918-6. 


  1. ^ a b c Ogilvie, Marilyn Bailey (2000). The biographical dictionary of women in science: pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century, Volume 1. Taylor & Francis. p. 694. ISBN 978-0-415-92038-4. 
  2. ^ Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska: Mighty Mammals of Mesozoic Mongolia!, by Nick Crumpton ,at Trowelblazers.com; published August 27, 2014; retrieved August 30, 2014
  3. ^ "Gruppe 3: Geofag" (in Norwegian). Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters. Retrieved 7 October 2010.