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EXCLUSIVE: Huge treasure trove of fossils unearthed by roadworks

2016-06-01 07:25

Ahmed Areff, News24


Grahamstown - A huge treasure trove of fossils, including of some species that have not been documented by scientists before, has been discovered during construction work on the N2 highway near Grahamstown.

"A number of new invertebrates, as well as excellently preserved plant fossils of the Devonian era, have been excavated and discovered in rock debris of the Witpoort Formation along the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River," SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) environmental manager Mpati Makoa announced on Wednesday.

The trove was discovered during "controlled rock cutting explosions".

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