Monthly Archives: August 2011

Strange ”egg” found at Bonza Bay, East London

Leigh-Ann Kretzmann (Reserve Manager Nahoon Point NR), brought a strange egg shaped object to the museum to be identified. See pics below. Examining the egg and consulting with museum conservator, Deon Smit, it was concluded that the ‘pottered’ egg was … Continue reading

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Talking seals again ……

This male Subantarctic Fur SealĀ  (Arctocephalus tropicalis) hauled out at Blue Bend Nature Reserve (East London, SA) in May 2007. Noticably different from the endemic Cape Fur Seal by the orange-buff facial mask to chest. Sometimes a conspicuous tuft of … Continue reading

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This is not a Boomslang!

This is one of the bush or green snakes of the genus Philothamnus. The Boomslang Dispholidus typus has the largest eyes of any African snake and has a short stubby head. The species above is a smaller snake (harmless) and … Continue reading

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…. more about fossils ….

A recent coastal survey in the Chintsa East area revealed a strange composite (possibly fossil) in an exposed rocky out-crop on the Chintsa Long Beach stretch of coast. A suitable low tide will beĀ needed to retrieve the specimen for further … Continue reading

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Fossil ribs found at Double Mouth, East Cape

Double Mouth Nature Reserve is well known to palaeontologists for producing fossil bones – a recent find by the East London Museum (Saturday 20th August 2011) has revealed a well preserved rib-cage segment of a small reptilian animal. The find … Continue reading

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Talking Dragonflies ….

This is one of the Skimmer species of the genus Orthetrum. It was documented at the Baviaanskloof Mega-Reserve during field studies this year.

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Exciting fossil human femur find, Nahoon Point SA

The museum took curatorship of a fossil human femur today which had been lithified in coastal sandstone at Nahoon Point Nature Reserve, East London SA. The adult femur (largest bone in the human body) was found on Sunday 14th August … Continue reading

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