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Women in archaeology, geology, and palaeontology

TrowelBlazers is a celebration of women archaeologists, palaeontologists and geologists who have been doing awesome work for far longer, and in far greater numbers, than most people realise.

Because we think these women are awesome. We think you’ll think these women are awesome. And we want to keep on discovering more awesome trowel-wielding women.   Plus, so many of the pictures are, quite frankly, a-MAZ-ing.

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Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska

If you think early mammals only really got interesting after the extinction of the dinosaurs, think again - the work of palaeontologist Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska (b. 1925) has long shown otherwise.  For 120 million years, from the Jurassic to around 35 million years ago, a group of mammals known as multituberculates burrowed, scampered and climbed trees all over the northern hemisphere. It's thanks to the pioneering discoveries of Zofia Kielan-Jaworowska and colleagues that we know so much about this long-extinct branch of our mammalian family tree. Zofia's studies began in war-ravaged Warsaw. The Nazis had tried to raze the city to the ground in WW2 and, as the Department of Geology had been lost in 1939, Zofia attended lectures given by Polish palaeontologist Roman Kozlowski in his own…

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Do you know of an awesome, TrowelBlazing pioneer in archaeology, geology, or palaeontology? Let us know! We are always looking out for guest posts, or even suggestions for new women to feature.

It’s all so very easy… 200 words, and a picture either freely available or with a known source where we can request permission to reproduce it. Even if you can’t manage that – don’t worry! We’re happy just to be told about truly inspiring women. Don’t forget to tell us your twitter/ blog name so we can give you full credit!

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