Evangelia Tsoukala – Science Award
At a time of unprecedented crisis, a Greek woman has proved that there is also the proud Greece of enlightened scientists, who can grow up within the public university and under the most adverse conditions.
She became world famous when on November 16, 2013 she received
at the Vatican, the GiuseppeSciacca International Prize for its important excavation and research work, but also for a 2007 discovery-station, when in Milia Grevena, together with the Dutchman Dick Mol, they brought to light the largest tusk from an elephant ancestor living in the area.
It’s about Dr. S. Evangelia Tsoukala, palaeontologist associate professor of paleontology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki.
Mrs. Evangelia Tsoukala was born and raised in Thessaloniki. He studied geology and biology and holds a PhD in Paleontology. She has been teaching for 33 years in the Department of Geology, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, where she is an Associate Professor of Paleontology.
He also teaches students of Archaeology and organizes the speleology seminars of the Local Department of Northern Greece of the Hellenic Speleological Society.
He has published over 60 papers in international and Greek scientific journals.
He participated in many international and local conferences, collaborating with foreign universities in Austria, France, England, etc. and with local bodies, such as the Ministry of Culture, the CSE, the “DEMOCRITO”.
Mrs. Tsoukala organized palaeontological surveys and excavations, for many years, in the area of Grevena, while excavations in Milia continue. In addition to its research and excavation contribution, it has contributed to the international impact of Paleontology with international conferences, such as in 2006, with the 12th International Symposium on the Cave Bear in Aridaia and the Almopia Cave Park and in 2014 with the 6th International Conference on Mammoths and their relatives in Grevena and Siatista.
Head of the excavation team of the University of Athens, Mrs. Tsoukala discovered the world’s largest tusks 5.02 meters long in the area of Milia Grevena. The world’s largest tusks belong to a three million-year-old proboscis and have been listed in the Guinness Book of Records.
The fossils of the giant mastodon of Milia, which is unique in size worldwide, prove that the area of Grevena was a dense vegetation jungle with abundant waters, the last paradise of 3,000,000 years, where many animals living today live in Africa and Asia (rhinos, felines, etc.). The mastodon was 3.5 meters high and 8.5 meters long.
The long work of Dr. Evangelia Tsoukalas, her discoveries and international recognition, are an honor for our country, make us proud and remind us – underline in bold letters that as a people we have the foundations, the background, the strength and above all the human resources that can give us the position we deserve.