Lieuwe Dirk Boonstra

Lieuwe Dirk Boonstra (1905 – 1975) was a South African palaeontologist whose work focused on the therapsida|mammal-like reptiles]] of the Middle (Tapinocephalus Assemblage Zone) and Late Permian, whose fossil remains are common in the South African Karoo. He was the author of a large number of papers on Therapsids and Pareiasaurs, and described and revised a number of species.

Lieuwe Dirk Boonstra
Alma materUniversity of Stellenbosch
Scientific career
InstitutionsSouth African Museum
ThesisOn the osteology and mycology of the parejasaurian hind limb (1930)


In 1927 Boonstra was appointed Assistant Palaeontologist of the South African Museum and promoted to Palaeontologist in 1931. He remained at the museum until his retirement in 1972. He was the sole curator of the museum's Karoo vertebrate fossil collection for 45 years.[1]


He was awarded the Queen Victoria Scholarship by the University of Stellenbosch and received the Havenga prize for Biology from Suid-Afrikaanse Akademie vir Wetenskap en Kuns in 1959.[1]


Volume 64 of the Annals of the South African Museum (1974) was dedicated to Boonstra.[2] The 88 publications and books he wrote between 1928 and 1969 are listed in it.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Moffett, Rodney (2014). A Biographical Dictionary of Contributors to the Natural History of The Free State and Lesotho (1st ed.). Bloemfontein: Sun Press. p. 40. ISBN 9781920382346. Retrieved 20 August 2019.
  2. ^ "Scientific papers of L D Boonstra". Annals of the South African Museum. 64: 3. 1974. Retrieved 20 August 2019.

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