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  1. New find nearby another famous discovery hints at even more human ancestors! https://www.newscientist.com/article/2263973-treasure-trove-of-ancient-human-remains-hint-at-undiscovered-species/ A related story from 2019 https://www.newscientist.com/article/2219742-lee-berger-we-have-made-another-major-discovery-about-early-humans/
  2. Borrowed this original museum replica of Australopithecus africanus otherwise known as the beautiful Mrs Ples. I'm planning on making a ceramic replica of this positive foam cast. The detail on this replica is pretty amazing, it has the bone texture, cracks and the reconstruction of the missing pieces of the skull. Looking forward to sharing this project with the forum.
  3. Bradley Flynn

    Fossil ID South Africa

    I live in the Western Cape South Africa. I have found a few fossils that I cannot ID. I'm new at fossil hunting and identifying what I have found, so all help is really appreciated. I have managed to ID some of the fossils, sometimes rocks I have found. Found this particular fossil in a quarry site, the area in which I found it has a grey, clay hardend shale. I split the rock, both rock sections have an impression. The fossil is 45mm H x 1.5mm W. Help with ID please?
  4. Max-fossils

    Milnerton Beach: tooth or just bone?

    Hi all, On my trip to South Africa, I went fossil hunting at some point (trip report hopefully coming soon). I went to a beach in Cape Town called Milnerton beach (famous for its extinct giant white (aka mako), great white and meg teeth). I also found a few other things, namely a few undefined bone pieces. Anyways in those bone pieces I found this one. It's kind of reminding me of some really thin mammoth tooth, maybe a piece of it? The third pic looks like a chewing surface. Have I really found something cool, or is my imagination just toying with me? Also, does anyone
  5. Bradley Flynn

    Any ideas on this?

    Any ideas on this?
  6. Hi, 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 lo
  7. No volcanic winter in East Africa from ancient Toba eruption. The supereruption 74,000 years ago did not trigger major environmental disruption that caused human populations in East Africa to decline, say geoscientists. University of Arizona, February 6, 2018 https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2018/02/180206151850.htm https://uanews.arizona.edu/story/no-volcanic-winter-east-africa-ancient-toba-eruption The paper is: Chad L. Yost, Lily J. Jackson, Jeffery R. Stone, Andrew S. Cohen. Subdecadal phytolith and charcoal records from
  8. Exploring 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.
  9. Part 1 Scientific Integrity in Education; Part 2: “The Great Dying” – end Permian extinction John Geissman, University of Texas at Dallas Geologists of Jackson Hole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2nYTuDP54ZI Yours, Paul H.
  10. Artist-scientist breathes new life into ancient fossils Johannesburg (AFP) Art Daily https://phys.org/news/2019-09-artist-scientist-life-ancient-fossils.html http://artdaily.com/news/117147/Artist-scientist-breathes-new-life-into-ancient-fossils https://www.hindustantimes.com/art-and-culture/artist-scientist-breathes-new-life-into-ancient-dinosaur-fossils/story-3zNaGVvHXcXsFPPzfGj7mM.html Yours, Paul H.
  11. http://theconversation.com/first-fossil-trails-of-baby-sea-turtles-found-in-south-africa-122434
  12. Has anyone been here? http://www.fossilpark.org.za/index.html I am planning to visit and thus any feedback or suggestions or reviews appreciated.
  13. Wynand

    Dolphin humerus?

    Picked up on beach along with numerous whale verts and bones. Very dense & heavy, with defined (yet worn) ends. Closest match I could find is a dolphin humerus... Any ideas are welcome.
  14. Wynand

    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
  15. Wynand

    Astragalus

    Found a fairly large astragalus, which I suspect might be from the Giraffidae family... Any takers on a more accurate ID?
  16. Hi there TFF! I am really hoping somebody here might have some information in regards to hunting fossilized shark teeth in South Africa. The only location I have been able to dig up (no pun intended) online is on Milnerton beach however I am wondering if anyone has had any luck on other beaches here in South Africa. Thank you in advance!
  17. Max-fossils

    More fossil? Bivalves from Milnerton

    Hi all, I found those bivalves on Milnerton beach (Cape Town, South Africa). The beach is known to have fossil shark teeth and whale bones, but I don't know if they have fossil seashells. They do have modern ones. Those shells, because of many different features, do make me think that they are fossil. Anyways, I'm interested in 2, if not 3 things: • Species • Fossil or modern • (if fossil) how old If this species is (locally) extinct, then I think I can quite confidently put them down as fossil, but otherwise I'm not sure. The things that make me think t
  18. Troodon

    Earliest Dinosaur Eggs Studied

    New publication on the structure and evolutionary implications of the earliest (Sinemurian, Early Jurassic) dinosaur eggs and eggshells. https://www.nature.com/articles/s41598-019-40604-8?fbclid=IwAR1YN8f-qfgAjeFHRGIa0pAWfac6KRskDk73jyar2PZ6OcRk8XccNMXn_po Photos provided by D Evans of Massospondylus egg nest with embryos @-Andy- @HamptonsDoc
  19. Wynand

    Tooth? (very worn)

    Collected this on a beach where a Miocene river entered the ocean, thus finding many land animal fossils washed up on beach (previous finds: African mammoth molar & tusk pieces). Probably not to clear on some of the photos, but has a flat bottom with an indentation. At the bottom of the indentation there is a small channel that runs all the way through the piece. Around the indentation, the piece is build up in concentric (and elliptical) layers.
  20. 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)
  21. Oxytropidoceras

    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
  22. 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!
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