Field Blog 2013 - July 22

 

Cabinda

On July 16th, Louis Jacobs, Ana Marques, and John Graf flew up to Cabinda. Cabinda is a province to the north separated from the main country by the Republic of Congo.

From July 17th to July 20th, we prospected four beaches which had outcroppings that were of more recent ages. For the last four years, members of Project PaleoAngola have collected samples and measured sections at these localities for the purposes of determining the faunal assemblage of these outcrops and determining the ages of the rocks (something that had not previously been accomplished).

During these four days, we found two new localities that were fossil rich. From these localities, we were able to recover the same types of fossils found at the other localities along with a crocodile genus not described from this area before and an Arsinoitherium tooth.


Arsinoitheres are hippo-like mammals with two large horns forming a V at the end of their snouts that lived during the Late Eocene and Early Oligocene.


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These new fossils will add to the already rich fossil faunal assemblage found in Cabinda and will help narrow down the age of the rocks that they were discovered in.

 

On July 21st, we flew back to Luanda. On July 22nd, we flew down to Benguela to rejoin Michael and Octavio for the rest of the field season.