19 January 2011
Halszka Osmolska: A True Lady of Polish Paleontology
Halszka Osmolska was born in Poznan on Sept. 15 1930. Between the years 1965 and 1970 in the sands of the Mongolian Gobi she and her colleagues pulled many different fossils from their resting places in the desert. One of these was our dinosaur this week, Gallimimus bullatus, which she described to the world with her companions. During the last 20 years she helped co-edit the tome sized compendium The Dinosauria with Weishampel and Dodson. In return for her years of work she has been honored by various societies including the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology and by having four fossilized animals named after her. Unfortunately she has left the living world behind as of March 31 2008, a true loss to the Mongolian dinosaur community and paleontology as an entire science.