Fossil hunting in the Karoo ….

Recently Dr. Billy de Klerk, palaeontologist at the Albany Museum (Grahamstown SA) and Kevin Cole of the East London Museum went to investigate a known fossil site near Lady Frere in the Eastern Cape. The site was in the fossil rich Beaufort Group of rocks of the Karoo Supergroup. A particular assemblage zone (at the top of the Beaufort Grp) called ther Cynognathus revealed the fossil bones of a dicynodont (as yet unknown) – these had been exposed in a donga system after it had eroded down to the base sandstone of the Beaufort rocks.

The fossils had been reported to the East London Museum by Mr. Mel Roberts of East London. He accompanied the two scientists to the site during the investigation.

Kevin Cole, Dr Billy de Klerk and Mel Roberts

 After visiting the above site the group departed for an area previously investigated by Dr Rose Previk. Shortly after arriving (and having had a brief lunch), Dr Previk discovered a Kannemeyeria humerus. Much excitement was generated around this discovery.

Dr Rose Previk with the Kannemeyeria humerus


Hematite encrusted fossil Kannemeyeria humerus


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