Monthly Archives: May 2014

Ceratotherium simum

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Fossil hunting in the Karoo near Nieu-Bethesda

Dr Rose Previc and Dr Billy de Klerk, palaeontologists at the Albany Museum, invited the East London Museum to participate in a field excursion to look fossils in the mountains north of Nieu-Bethesda. The first locality situated at 1 660 meters, near … Continue reading

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Legless burrowing skink from East London

Photographs of a Giant Legless skink recorded at Haga-Haga were posted a few years back (September 2011). The species, Acontias plumbeus, lacks any trace of external limbs and can reach a length of 50 cm. Mary Cole, museum malacologist, retrieved … Continue reading

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Trace fossil teeth …. ?

A calcareous specimen measuring 8 cm in length was presented to the museum for identification by Mr Greg Handley of East London. The specimen which was found by his son Connor Handley in the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve has at … Continue reading

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Uncommon butterfly record

Peter Tyldesly from Bonza Bay (East London) donated a good butterfly specimen to the museum – a White-barred charaxes (Charaxes brutus natalensis). Not commonly seen, though previously recorded this species has been noted to be expanding into suburban gardens (mostly seen … Continue reading

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