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The Etosha Pan holds fossils of mammoths and prehistoric antelopes

Avatar of inke inke - 21. mai 2019 - Environment

Prof. Martin Pickford with the horn of an antelope which existed four million years ago and was the ancestor of the blue wildebeest and the oryx.

Dirk Heinrich

Once upon a time when mammoths roamed northern Namibia and the Etosha Pan. The South African mammoth was more than 3.5 metres tall and weighed nine tons. Fossils of this species have been discovered in the Ekuma Delta. The Ekuma and the Oshigambo River flow into the pan from the northwest.

A rhinoceros species, four types of primitive elephants, antelope as well as crocodiles and catfish lived in and around Lake Etosha more than four million years ago when the lake was much larger than the clay pan we know today. Top-quality fossils bear silent witness to a much earlier, but now largely extinct rich variety of wildlife in present-day Etosha National Park. Experts like French palaeontologist Professor Martin Pickford need just one bone, a tooth or a snail shell to identify the species which has been extinct for millions of years. 

More detailed information on fossils in Etosha National Park are available on Namibia Outdoor

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Trip to the Wild

01. octobre 2019

It's crazy how quickly they can identify a fossil.

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