A Blog that highlights Archaeological finds and news in South Africa. My aim is to have fun and improve my knowledge and hopefully other people's as well!
Also some fun pieces on Palaeontology, Anthropology and South African History. I will also blog my travel pictures and digs I have been on.
This Flightless bird standing 7 feet tall walked the Earth 50 million years ago. It is called Diatryma.
After the landslide in Deming in 2009, this fossil was found. The 1,300-pound slab was flown by helicopter then driven to WWU. Where it will be open for viewing and studied.
It is said to be the first undisputed track print of a Diatryma ever found.
The new track is necessarily being compared to a track found east of Auburn 18 years ago. That's when John Patterson of Maple Valley found a larger, three-toed track in a slab of siltstone that had fallen from a cliff in the Green River gorge.
Researchers disagreed then, and now, whether that track was left by a Diatryma, by another creature, or perhaps by someone playing a hoax.