Did buffalo occur in East London (Buffalo City), South Africa?

The East London Museum does not have any records (osteological or otherwise) in the collection of buffalo occuring in the environs of what is now the city. But, recently a bone was deposited at the museum which was incidently excavated near the coast within the boundary of the Buffalo City Metropole.

Studies are underway to determine and confirm the find as a buffalo metatarsal bone. The illustrations below compare the specimen to that of a cow and it would seem much larger and was bleached before burial.

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Conservation Biologist East London Museum South Africa
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One Response to Did buffalo occur in East London (Buffalo City), South Africa?

  1. Carl Vernon says:

    Greg – I would like to see this bone when next I visit the museum – in order to measure it and learn of the exact locality where it was found – thanks Carl email carl@bonzabay.co.za

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