Professor Anusuya Chinsamy-Turan is a world renowned palaeontologist (more specifically, a paleo-biologist) based in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Cape Town. Her research on the microscopic structure of bones has led to a better understanding of the biology of a variety of extinct animals, such as, dinosaurs (including birds), the flying reptiles, and the mammal-like reptiles. Her work has been recognized by several highly acclaimed awards: For example, in 1995 she received an NRF President’s Award and in 2005 she won the South African Woman of the Year Award, which acknowledges her contribution to science both in terms of research and science communication to the wider public, as well as the "Distinguished Women Scientist Award" from the South African Department of Science and Technology. In 2013 she was awarded The World Academy of Science’s (TWAS), sub-saharan prize for the Popularisation of Science.
Professor Chinsamy-Turan has published extensively - both in international scientific journals (including 4 publications in Nature, 2 in Nature Communications, and 2 in Scientific Reports) as well as, in the popular press. She is former President of the Association of South African Women in Science and Engineering (SA WISE), former Deputy President of the Academy of Science of South Africa, and has served as Director of Iziko Museums Natural History Collections (which includes the SA Museum), and has chaired the Advisory Boards of Scifest Africa, the biggest Science Festival in Africa.
Prof. Chinsamy-Turan is currently a member of the Advisory Board of the Cape Town Science Centre, Chairs the Romer-Simpson Prize Committee of the US-based Society of Vertebrate Palaeontology, and is a board member for the Jurassic Foundation (USA). She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of South African, the University of Cape Town and The Word Academy of Sciences. She has published two academic books, The Microstructure of Dinosaur Bone (Johns Hopkins University Press, USA, 2005) and "The Forerunners of Mammals: Radiation. Histology. Biology" (Indiana University Press, USA, 2012), as well as two popular level books entitled, "Famous Dinosaurs of Africa" (RandomHouseStruik, SA, 2008), and “Fossils for Africa” (Cambridge University Press, 2014).