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Debbie from Travel with Intent invites us to join in this challenge: 

Over to all of you to join the challenge with your own Potty  post.

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Thursday’s Special: Pick a Word in December – Y2

It is time for another Pick a Word themed challenge and it is the last one this year. As usual you get five words to choose from:

      sagacious

       non-human

       portrayal

       remains

      stellar

I chose :

sagacious

Definition of sagacious   

adjective
having or showing keen mental discernment and good judgement; wise or shrewd.
“they were sagacious enough to avoid any outright confrontation”

My neighbour  found  these three Spotted Eagle- Owl  owlets on a walk through our estate.

(Photo credits: Jenny Cole)

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Thursday’s Special: Traces of the past Y3-10

The fossil site of Langebaanweg is located in the West Coast Fossil Park, approximately 150 km north of Cape Town (a 11/2 hour drive), and is world-renowned for its exceptionally well-preserved fossil faunal remains that date to the terminal Miocene/early Pliocene (circa 5.2 million years ago).

A national and international team of researchers are currently unraveling the fascinating and unique history of fossils from the West Coast Fossil Park and attempting to recreate the environment and climate of the west coast  years ago. At this time many animals that are now extinct, such as saber-toothed cats, short-necked giraffes, hunting hyenas and African bears roamed the west coast which then had a more subtropical climate with lush, riverine forests and open grasslands.

The deeply buried fossil deposits were uncovered during phosphate mining in the Langebaanweg area. The mining started in 1943, initially at Baard’s Quarry on Langeberg Farm, close to where the airforce training base is today. Here solid phosphate rock was mined for fertilizer and it is thought that many tons of fossils were crushed up along with the rock before scientists were made aware of their existence.

A remarkable number of different fossil animal species (and families) are represented at this site, making Langebaanweg one of the most diverse Mio-Pliocene occurrences in the world. The fossil rich deposits first came to light when Dr Ronald Singer (from the anatomy department at the University of Cape Town) visited Baard’s Quarry in 1958. He was accompanied by Dr Hooiijer (from Leiden University) and Dr Crompton (Director of the South African Museum).  Amongst this sample was an ankle bone of an extinct short-necked giraffe belonging to the sivathere group (this became the subject of the first scientific paper published on the site), and a tooth of an extinct elephant called Stegolophodon (Stegolophodon has since been re-classified as Mammuthus subplanifrons. ( http://www.fossilpark.org.za/ )

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