“Nature has a habit of placing some of her most attractive treasures in places where it is difficult to locate and obtain them.” ― Charles Doolittle Walcott
Can you imagine having fossils as your best friend and living amongst them? However, this girl here prefers them over human beings. Having a collection of a whopping 114 fossil specimens, including many like vertebrates, invertebrates, chordates & flora. Aswatha Biju is India’s budding and young paleontologist.
Her journey began when she was just five years old from just an encyclopedia. Once she came across the picture of an ammonite and mistook it for a shell. And later coming to know that it was indeed a fossil.
Aswatha Biju’s Progress
She has collected many fossils, after identifying and recognizing them, based on self-taught research and knowledge. Furthermore, while she was in grade 5, she called the Head of Department of the Marine Sciences of Bharathidasan University, Trichy, India.
It was only there that she was able to meet Dr. Ram Kumar of Periyar University. He was amazed at her advanced knowledge, given her tender age and recognized as her as a young paleontologist. Being undeniably charmed with this youngster, he even called her a prodigy, and he provided Aswatha Biju with a route map of the famed Ariyalur bed.
Global Child Prodigy Awardee
Global Child Prodigy Awards, the world’s first and only award ceremony solely dedicated to recognizing unique and talented children, awarded Aswatha Biju in the year 2020. Moreover, she was listed under the Top 100 Prodigies List of 2020!
She does not just collect specimens, but she also understands the complex issues in the field of paleontology in India. The limited amount of awareness and its weak and underexplored state in the country is something she wants to fix. Because Aswatha always wanted to promote and spread knowledge about this lesser-known field. With this intention, Aswatha has also been conducting various seminars and workshops in schools, colleges, and even geology or paleontology institutes.
We all hope to see this young prodigy shine in India’s paleontology in the future.
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