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Sunday, May 25, 2014

SA Diversity Tour (1-2/03/2014) Day 45-46 Karoo NP – Part 2

Fossil Walk

The land of Dinosaurs has always been something of a fairytale one for me until you see actual bones of the creatures which existed then. The region of the central Cape has seen many archeological finds and seems to have been a prime site for living back in their days. Had to believe when looking at the semi-arid vegetation which now exists that once upon a time it was the bottom of a lake or sea and the vegetation was more lush.

This post was a difficult one to do and take photographs of as all of the exhibits are under glass (which was not very clean) which is a challenge itself. The sun was also shining on all the boards which had to be taken at an angle to avoid the glare. Instead of writing all the information over again, I have just included the information boards themselves. All pictures can be enlarged by clicking on them. 
The statement above is very difficult for me to accept and I sometimes think that us humans assume too much and write things as fact when we do not actually know if it was so. For example, this extract from one of the boards says it was the first animal to stalk its prey – how do we know that? We assume it might have been but do not know for sure. We also do not know what it preyed upon as we were not there to watch and certainly could not track them and find out if they had a good sense of smell.

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