Pleistocene vertebrate trace fossils of Robberg Nature Reserve

Show simple item record Helm, Charles W. Cawthra, Hayley C. Hattingh, Rudolph Hattingh, Sinèad McCrea, Richard T. Thesen, Guy H. H. 2019-12-02T10:23:27Z 2019-12-02T10:23:27Z 2019-12
dc.identifier.issn 2410-4418
dc.description.abstract More than 140 Late Pleistocene trace fossil sites have been identified in aeolianites and lithified foreshore deposits along a 350 kilometre stretch of the Cape south coast in South Africa. Robberg Nature Reserve lies within this area and contains a zone of concentration of such tracksites, which complement the Pleistocene vertebrate body fossil record and assist in shedding light on the palaeoenvironment and palaeoecology of the Palaeo-Agulhas Plain. Ichnofossil sites unique to or of special significance within Robberg Nature Reserve include a substantial palaeosurface exposure that allows an estimate of track density, the best-preserved rhinoceros trackway identified to date, very well preserved artiodactyl tracks in the formof natural casts, small equid tracks, large elephant transmitted tracks, and well preserved sub-surface golden mole burrows with a burrow chamber. Aeolianite layers at Robberg have recently been dated to Marine Isotope Stage (MIS) 3. Samples that we have obtained for dating from the main palaeosurface underlie these dated layers and are anticipated to contribute to the understanding of the Pleistocene geology of the Robberg Peninsula. The protected status of the area lends itself to conservation, replication, interpretation and education initiatives. en_ZA
dc.publisher Evolutionary Studies Institute en_ZA
dc.rights Copyright 2019 the Authors en_ZA
dc.subject Late Pleistocene en_ZA
dc.subject trackways en_ZA
dc.subject aeolianites en_ZA
dc.subject foreshore deposits en_ZA
dc.title Pleistocene vertebrate trace fossils of Robberg Nature Reserve en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA
dc.journal.volume 54 en_ZA
dc.journal.title Palaeontologia africana en_ZA
dc.description.librarian JNC2019 en_ZA
dc.funder Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) en_ZA 0000-0001-7995-8809 en_ZA 0000-0002-6101-5543 en_ZA 0000-0003-1995-3103 en_ZA

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