Time and dinosaurs wait for no man

Did you know we have our own dinosaur? Well, when I say  “we”, I mean the Uitenhage/Kirkwood/Port Elizabeth part of the Eastern Cape. When I say have, I mean had – in the region of 145 million years back.

Discovered in a quarry back in 1903, unfortunately a lack of knowledge on the part of the works saw much of that original fossil turned into bricks. The Algoasaurus is classified as a saurapod, those dinosaurs with a long neck, long tail and small head, growing to significant size.

The particular Algoasaurus bauri specimen found was estimated at around nine metres in length when it died. It’s pretty cool living in a part of the world where you have your very own dinosaur heritage, even if there isn’t a great deal known about it.

On a final note, and sticking with the subject at hand, there’s a great site out there at Dinosaur Pictures where you can see what your home would have looked like millions of years ago, before the continents even separated. Now, when I say home I do not mean the home you currently live in, rather the area in which your home is located. I say this because, well, your home has likely not been around the last few hundred million years.

Getting back to the site it is built with the use of a scientific database, PaleoDB, which was created with the collected information of a great many paleontologists over a 20 year period. Go take a look and be amazed, especially if you’re keen on dinosaurs.

Author: Morné Condon

Automotive journalist in Port Elizabeth, South Africa, following new models, old cars, car clubs and motorsport. My interests are not restricted to the automotive environment, although this is where I am mostly to be found.

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