The West Coast Fossil Park , Langebaan, South Africa


In the excavation site of West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaan South Africa

In the excavation site of West Coast Fossil Park, Langebaan South Africa

This site previoisly was a phosphate mining operations at Langebaan during the late 1950s. It  exposed one of the richest fossil sites the world has ever seen, and since then the bones of some 200 different kinds of animals, some of them hitherto unknown to the world of science, have been recovered.

In 1993 mining operations stopped, and a 14 hectare area within the former mine property was declared a national heritage site, run today by the Iziko Museums of Cape Town. The West Coast Fossil Park lies on the R45 close to the Langebaanweg Air force base, roughly 120 kilometres north of Cape Town.

Today the heritage site is recognized as containing the deposit of possibly the greatest diversity of five million year old fossils in the world, and over 70 scientific papers have been published about the fossils.

About Arif Wibowo

Passion on Photography Live in Jakarta, Indonesia. Working in oil and gas company. Like traveling, bicycle, and photography. Born in Sukabumi, West Java. Graduate from Physics ITB 1985.
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One Response to The West Coast Fossil Park , Langebaan, South Africa

  1. Pingback: Tim Rolston Travels Through Time to the West Coast Fossil Park | Struik Travel & Heritage

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