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DD1991 posted a topic in General Fossil DiscussionHi, I wanted to ask whether apartheid in South Africa deterred many American and non-British European paleontologists from prospecting Mesozoic deposits in South Africa for fossils of dinosaurs and mammal relatives, but also prehistoric mammals, because maybe many American paleontologists (including African Americans) were so self-conscious of their country having made strides in civil rights legislation for African Americans and other non-white Americans to become a racially inclusive democracy that they were extremely reluctant to do paleontologist fieldwork in South Africa as long as the South African government did not treat blacks in South Africa as politically equal to South African whites. Just like the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and the Iron Curtain, apartheid in South Africa could be another example of politics getting in the way of American paleontological fieldwork abroad.
These newly described tracks in the Karoo basin are found in a sandstone layer sandwiched between basalts. This allowed dating to 183 million years ago. https://m.phys.org/news/2020-01-firewalkers-karoo-dinosaurs-animals-left.html
Oxytropidoceras posted a topic in Fossil NewsExploring the dinosaur graveyards of the Eastern Cape A chance discovery by a local shepherd has lead to a major scientific research program involving palaeontologists from South Africa, the UK and the US in the Karoo Basin. The area is proving to be one of the richest localities for vertebrate fossils in South Africa. by David Paul Ford, Oct 03, 2019 https://natureecoevocommunity.nature.com/users/317374-david-paul-ford/posts/54340-exploring-the-dinosaur-graveyards-of-the-eastern-cape Yours, Paul H.
Neveling, J., R. A. Gastaldo, and J. W. Geissman, 2016, The Permo-Triassic Boundary in the Karoo Basin. Field Guidebook for the Pre-3 trip, 35th International Geological Congress, Cape Town, 2016 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307907418_The_Permo-Triassic_Boundary_in_the_Karoo_Basin_Field_Guidebook_for_the_Pre-3_trip_35th_International_Geological_Congress_Cape_Town_2016 https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Gastaldo Neveling, J., R. A. Gastaldo, S. L. Kamo, J. W. Geissman, C. V. Looy, and M. K. Bamford, 2016, A Review of Stratigraphic, Geochemical, and Paleontologic Data of the Terrestrial End-Permian Record in the Karoo Basin, South Africa. In Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin, Chapter: 15, Publisher: Springer International Publishing, Editors: B. Linol, M.J. de Wit, pp.151-157 DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40859-0_15 https://www.researchgate.net/publication/307623963_A_Review_of_Stratigraphic_Geochemical_and_Paleontologic_Data_of_the_Terrestrial_End-Permian_Record_in_the_Karoo_Basin_South_Africa https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Robert_Gastaldo Yours, Paul H.