WomensMonth: Paleontologist's passion for fossils

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Paleontologist and part of the team that discovered the flying dinosaur fossil, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, is head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

Paleontologist and part of the team that discovered the flying dinosaur fossil, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, is head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

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Paleontologist and part of the team that discovered the flying dinosaur fossil, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, is head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

Paleontologist and part of the team that discovered the flying dinosaur fossil, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, is head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

CAPE TOWN - Paleontologist and part of the team that discovered the flying dinosaur fossil, Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan, is head of the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town.

She has also served as a director of the Natural History collection at the Iziko Museums of Cape Town.

Chinsamy-Turan has published several books including The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone: Deciphering biology with fine-scale techniques and the children&39;s book Famous Dinosaurs of Africa.

Among her many awards and accolades is the Distinguished Woman Scientist award from the South African department of science and technology, which she won in 2005.

Scholarly pursuits have played an integral part of Chinsamy-Turan&39;s career.

She has completed her degrees, from BSc to PhD, at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Zoology Department and the Bernard Price Institute of Palaeontology.

She also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania.

Of her education, she was once quoted as saying: "I worked very hard and played very little since I knew I just had to succeed."

Chinsamy-Turan is married with two children and appears to juggle the demands of family responsibility and her busy career very well.

As part of our Women&39;s month features, eNCA asked her a few questions about her life, career and views on women in today&39;s society.

Click here to read the inspiring interview