Monday, 11 June 2018

Two new South African tetrapods

Two New South African Tetrapods

A source has sent me THIS LINK concerning two new tetrapod species which, at 360 million years old are 70 million years older than the previously oldest African tetrapods.

They were discovered in 100 tons of shale taken from a road cutting near Grahamstown. The shale has many new, well preserved, species and, it is expected that more will be found.

Full reconstruction of Waterloo Farm by Maggie Newman. Tutusius umlambo, rests on a tree limb, while its close relative Umzantsia amazana swims nearby. Both these early Tetrapods were possibly the first animals to step out of the water and head on to land. Credit: Wits University

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