Monthly Archives: March 2013

Spiderwoman …… Astri Leroy

Museum natural scientists were fortunate to spend time with spider expert Astri Leroy and her husband John (an excellent macro photographer). A visit to Kap River Nature Reserve (along the western banks of the Fish River, Eastern Cape) produced a great … Continue reading

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Beaconhurst School Careers Day

The East London Museum participated in a Careers Day hosted by the Beaconhurst School in East London (SA). Learners were encouraged to consider careers in the natural sciences and discussions were held with regard to studies in paleontology, archeology, ornithology … Continue reading

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Fossilised River Bed Ripples

A recent field trip to the Great Fish River Nature Reserve revealed some fossilised river bed ripples in a dry river tributary (Upper Ngcabasa) of the Keiskamma River. The direction of fossilised river bed ripples can be used to work … Continue reading

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One of the earliest forms of land animal – Scorpions

The basic body design of the scorpion has remained unchanged for hundreds of millions of years (scorpion fossil records date back to 425-450 million years).  Dinosaurs only appeared on earth 200 million years later! Scorpions on land may have evolved … Continue reading

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A tortoise of a different kind …..

Museum friend John Costello of Port St John’s alerted the institution to a strange and alien looking ‘creature’. He in turn was directed to the find on Second Beach at Port St John’s by Marianne Whitaker. So what is the animal in … Continue reading

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Fish kill at Kei River Mouth (SA)

Here’s a little mystery that colleague Greg Brett has tried to explain ………  February  2013  A fish kill was reported by Joan Bursey a resident of Kei Mouth. She observed approximately 8 dead large mullet washed ashore in the marine … Continue reading

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