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Found 41 results

  1. Homo naledi fossils dated (South Africa)

    "Cradle of Humankind" fossils can now be dated Maddie Bender, Earth Magazine, February 5, 2019 https://www.earthmagazine.org/article/cradle-humankind-fossils-can-now-be-dated The paper is: Pickering, R., Herries, A.I., Woodhead, J.D., Hellstrom, J.C., Green, H.E., Paul, B., Ritzman, T., Strait, D.S., Schoville, B.J. and Hancox, P.J., 2019. U–Pb-dated flowstones restrict South African early hominin record to dry climate phases. Nature, 565(7738), p.226. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-018-0711-0 A related paper is: Dirks, P.H., Berger, L.R., Roberts, E.M., Kramers, J.D., Hawks, J., Randolph-Quinney, P.S., Elliott, M., Musiba, C.M., Churchill, S.E., de Ruiter, D.J. and Schmid, P., 2015. Geological and taphonomic context for the new hominin species Homo naledi from the Dinaledi Chamber, South Africa. Elife, 4, p.e09561. https://cdn.elifesciences.org/articles/09561/elife-09561-v1.pdf Yours, Paul H.
  2. Eocene Pengiun humerus

    This one had me stumped for a while, until I saw a full penguin humerus bone on display at a museum. The humeral arterial sulcus being very evident! This one is broken in halve, which would have made it about 12cm in total length. Due to location and size, believing that this is Palaeudyptes Gunnari from Eocene period (56 to 33.9 million years ago)
  3. Bone fragment

    V-shaped bone fragment with a distinctive groove running all the way around the outside. Enough to ID which animal and which bone? Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa
  4. Wood or animal?

    Distinctive pattern on outside surface. Outside surface is curved and seems part of larger circumference. Material is very dense and cannot be scratched with metal. Break edges on the inside is very square. Milnerton Cape Town, South Africa
  5. Teeth ID required

    Picked up two fossils. Same size at 4cm (1.6 inches). One is definitely a shark tooth, but which species? The other I suspect to be a mammal (herbivore) incisor, BUT NOT SURE? Any help/suggestion appreciated...
  6. Good day, I was given this meg tooth to add to my collection of teeth I find in a South Africa. Initially I thought the root was incomplete but I’ve since noticed the root has two symmetrical dimples on the top unlike any other tooth I have, any help with identifying why this is would be greatly appreciated. regards Pamar.
  7. Cape Town Megalodon

    I was given this Megalodon tooth that comes in just under 2”. It was found along Cape Towns West Coast and will make a nice addition to my own finds. regards Pamar. I believed the root to be broken but noticed two symmetrical dimples on the top - I haven’t seen this on meg teeth before does anyone know what they are?
  8. https://edition.cnn.com/2019/01/19/health/australopithecus-sediba-human-history-scli-intl/index.html
  9. Decided to spend a couple minutes searching some of my favourite spots alone Big Bay beach in Cape Town and came away with some megalodon teeth fragments,a mako and a whale eardrum. If anyone wants clearer pictures or wants to see some of my other finds from searching this months feel free to pm. regards Pamar.
  10. Good day all! Spent a couple hours down at the beach (Milnerton,Cape Town) yesterday - unfortunately it was a bit of a quite day. Only came across one tooth and some interesting bones I wasn’t able to identify.
  11. Good day to everyone! Thought I’d share some the teeth found on Milnerton and Big Bay beach here in South Africa. Any help identifying would be appreciated - I’m still relatively new so the more worn and broken teeth have me clueless. More pictures to follow!
  12. Large Mammal bone fragment?

    Good day all, I’m fairly new to the hobby but have spent many hours coming Cape Town beaches(South Africa) in search of fossils. I Know both aquatic and land mammal fossils wash up on the beach and would like help identifying my latest find if it is even a fossil at all.It appears to be a bone fragment of some sort.i will continue to add more photos. Thanks P.
  13. some help please

    This is the third of the rocks. They all came from the same area of the mountain. Look forward to hearing from you.
  14. some help please

    Hi everyone. I am completely inexperienced in this. I dont even know if I have actually found a fossil. I live in the Karoo and found the attached rocks on one of my mountain climbs. There seems to be a layer of this rock about halfway up and I am sure there are plenty more. If you can advise me. I apologise for the quality of the pictures and hope you can make them out. Thank you so much
  15. Hi everyone , so after being directed to a post by @Walt which was posted by @Max-fossils , I am so happy to see that I can collect fossils , just not dig them up , if it is exposed and in rubble and not fixed into a position , I can take it . I don't think there is a better emoji than that to say how happy I am ... still going to a museum though , i dont think there would be a better place to learn preservation .It also said that there is tons of shark teeth... Lol I've grown up on the beach , even did life saving and I dive and I've never seen anything close to as cool as shark teeth or whale vertebrae lol . Think I know what I will be doing this weekend ! Are there any other Capetonians on the forum ? I'm looking for an experienced hunter to learn some tricks of the trade when it comes to finding fossils ? Wish I could find a great white tooth but with their numbers dwindling .... i think they will become harder to find .
  16. You can look for them, just not collect them, right?
  17. Kindly help with I.D.

    Any help with an I.D. of the object in the pics will be greatly appreciated. Was collected in the surf in Cape Town, South Africa, where I often pick up fossilized shark teeth, horse teeth, bone fragments, earbones, etc. Have not found any similar object before. Thanks.
  18. During a visit to a stream between Empangeni and Eshowe in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa (we found a series of circles on mudstone. I wonder if they are cut sections of fossilized tree trunks. Below there are two photos for your perusal. Thank you in advance for any information or personal opinion. Regards, Americo Bonkewitzz, PhD
  19. https://www.businesslive.co.za/bd/life/2018-03-22-mammal-like-reptile-lived-alongside-the-dinosaurs/
  20. Fish Fossil

    It has been a while since I have been online. So this is one of those very unhelpful posts where I know very little about this fossil's origin. It was purchased in South Africa and the slab is very well preserved. I am hoping this is not a fabricated fossil because the detail is exquisite. This is also a chance to show off my new Nikon D810 camera. I will answer any questions to the best of my ability.
  21. Youngest African dicynodont

    A new paper is available online: Christian F. Kammerer (2018). The first skeletal evidence of a dicynodont from the lower Elliot Formation of South Africa. Palaeontologia africana. 52: 102–128. Pentasaurus is the youngest dicynodont from Africa, and it helps explain footprints found in South Africa in the 1950s that were considered to be made by dicynodonts. Literally, the land of Nelson Mandela may be known for treasure troves of mammal-like reptile fossils, but Pentasaurus is different in that it is the first Late Triassic dicynodont record from South Africa.
  22. Africa's Fossil Heritage Is Underappreciated

    Africa’s rich fossil finds should get the air time they deserve Julien Benoit, University of the Witwatersrand The Conversation, February 21, 2018 http://theconversation.com/africas-rich-fossil-finds-should-get-the-air-time-they-deserve-91849 https://www.wits.ac.za/news/latest-news/in-their-own-words/2018/2018-02/africas-rich-fossil-finds-should-get-the-air-time-they-deserve.html Yours, Paul H.
  23. Dinosaur Enthusiasts Can Now Make 3D Prints Of A 200-Million-Year-Old Massospondylus At Home By Samriddhi Dastidar, Tech Times, January 15, 2018 http://www.techtimes.com/articles/218811/20180115/dinosaur-enthusiasts-now-make-3d-prints-200-million-year-old.htm http://www.morphosource.org/Detail/ProjectDetail/Show/project_id/426 The paper is: Chapelle KEJ, Choiniere JN. (2018) A revised cranial description of Massospondylus carinatus Owen (Dinosauria: Sauropodomorpha) based on computed tomographic scans and a review of cranial characters for basal Sauropodomorpha. PeerJ 6:e4224 https://doi.org/10.7717/peerj.4224 https://peerj.com/articles/4224/ 3D model of BP/1/5241 Massospondylus https://peerj.com/articles/4224/#supp-2 Yours, Paul H.
  24. A revised skull description of the South African sauropod Massospondylus carinatus https://peerj.com/articles/4224/ Any interest in knowing the terminology of the different skull elements check this paper out.
  25. New depth limit for deep-sea marine burrows University of Leeds, January 10, 2018 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/01/180110080549.htm “Scientists have found fossil evidence of deep-sea marine life burrowing up to eight meters below the seabed -- four times the previously observed depth for modern deep-sea life.” Ancient outcrops give new depth limit for deep-sea burrows http://www.leeds.ac.uk/news/article/4165/ancient_outcrops_give_new_depth_limit_for_deep-sea_burrows The paper is: S. L. Cobain, D. M. Hodgson, J. Peakall, P. B. Wignall, M. R. D. Cobain. A new macrofaunal limit in the deep biosphere revealed by extreme burrow depths in ancient sediments. Scientific Reports, 2018; 8 (1) DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-18481-w https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-017-18481-w Yours, Paul H.
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