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  1. 3.42-billion-year-old fossil threads may be the oldest known archaea microbes. The structure and chemistry of the filaments hints that they may be ancient cells. By Carolyn Wilke, Science News, July 26, 2021 Cavalazzi, B., Lemelle, L., Simionovici, A., Cady, S.L., Russell, M.J., Bailo, E., Canteri, R., Enrico, E., Manceau, A., Maris, A. and Salomé, M., 2021. Cellular remains in a~ 3.42-billion-year-old subseafloor hydrothermal environment. Science Advances, 7(29), p.eabf3963. Yours, Paul H.
  2. Just thought I’d share something from South Africa for a change. I found these while on holiday in a very rural and remote part of South Africa called the Wild Coast. They are very fragmented fossils, most likely Dicynodonts, from the Daptocephalus Assemblage Zone of the Beaufort Group (part of the Karoo Supergroup). The rock is incredibly hard and the fossils so fragmented that they will likely remain there for many more years, to delight the next fossil enthusiast who wanders past. Picture 1 is the most intriguing. It looks more or less intact and I really want to know how much
  3. Miles Adriaanse

    South Coast South Africa - Whale Fossil

    Not an expert in fossil verification. I am a fisherman and found this in the nets. Can anybody tell me whether this is a whale fossil or perhaps something else and what species of whale.
  4. Kevin Shales

    Hadrosaur Egg

    Hi there I’m new to this site ..... could this possibly be a Hadrosaur Egg? I found it down a long coastal track on the Wild Coast in Transkei South Africa. It’s extremely heavy! Many thanks in advance . Cheers. Kevin.
  5. Hi everyone, Found these two on Milnerton beach, Cape Town. I’m hazarding a guess that it’s cetacea, possibly flipper phalange? I did find a paper on pliocene cetacea found about 10km further up the coast (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/331004600_Fossil_cetaceans_from_Duinefontein_Koeberg_an_early_Pliocene_site_on_the_southwestern_Cape_South_Africa). Tried to contact the author but no answer yet. I don’t know much about fossils so anything you can tell me about these would be greatly appreciated!
  6. This was washed up by the sea, where shark teeth, pieces of bone, sperm whale teeth, whale inner ear bones and several other common vertebrate fossils can be seen. Location is South Africa, West Coast. Does anybody know the correct I.D. for this particular piece? I thought I had I.D.'d it but i'm not convinced any more. Thanking you in advance.
  7. Hello to All. Any help and input on a correct ID will be awesome. Spotted on the high tide line amongst shell and other debris. The location has seen significant fluctuations in sea levels and has produced Pleistocene material, such as horse teeth, mammoth teeth, even Rhino and Hippo teeth but also Miocene fossils like Megalodon teeth, cetacean teeth and inner ear periotic bones as well as bulla, Great White and Mako shark teeth, just to name a few. All washed ashore by tidal movement. The specimen in question was photographed alongside a horse incisor and a mammoth tooth fragment. Its cross s
  8. 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/
  9. 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.
  10. 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?
  11. 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
  12. Bradley Flynn

    Any ideas on this?

    Any ideas on this?
  13. 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
  14. 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
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.
  18. http://theconversation.com/first-fossil-trails-of-baby-sea-turtles-found-in-south-africa-122434
  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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
  22. Wynand

    Astragalus

    Found a fairly large astragalus, which I suspect might be from the Giraffidae family... Any takers on a more accurate ID?
  23. 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!
  24. 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
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