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New SA Fossil Tourist Site

By J.F. Kloppers

A surprising and exciting discovery was made along the N2 highway, near South Africa's Grahamstown recently, when construction work unearthed a rare find of fossils, including some species that have not been documented by scientists before.

According to SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) environmental manager Mpati Makoa, the fossils were discovered during "controlled rock cutting explosions".

Renowned palaeontologist Dr Robert Gess, who does consulting for Sanral, said the discovery dates to the Devonian era, which lasted from about 416 million years ago to 354 million years ago, and is often referred to as the "Age of Fishes" because of the varieties of fish that were spawned during that time - with "many species found at the N2 site, not yet been documented by palaeontologists".

Equally exciting for the roadside traveller however is the announcement that Sanral will be setting up 'rest and observe' areas for those who are keen to take a closer look at the area along the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River.

Dr Robert Gess says that while it was still early days, the next couple of months would see the area being developed into a picnic site with information boards detailing the discovery.

Gess says, "The area, still very much under construction, should be completed by the end of the year. The road used to curve to go around a particular hill where the fossils were discovered and now, following a straightening of the road, it goes through the hill.

"Picnic spots and information boards will be set up most-likely where the old curve in the road used to be".

According to Gess this is not the first time that roadworks have significantly shaped South African palaeontology research - with significant finds having taken place in 1985, 1999, 2008 as well as in 2016.

"They have enabled discovery of the clues to virtually everything we know about high latitude Devonian life, not just in South Africa, but in the world," he said.

Species being documented include a number of "new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the Devonian era. Samples been excavated and discovered in rock debris of mostly the Witpoort Formation.

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