The fossilized remains of a short-necked long-horned giraffe believed to be millions of years…

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The fossilized remains of a short-necked long-horned giraffe believed to be millions of years…

The fossilized remains of a short-necked long-horned giraffe believed to be millions of years old, can now be viewed at the West Coast Fossil Park. The Lotto contributed R67 million rand towards the construction of the new visitors centre which was officially opened yesterday. Several other fossils of the many extinct species which have been found in the park, are also on show in the visitors centre. But the main attraction is wooden sculptures of the short necked giraffe. Manager of the West Coast Fossil Park, Pippa Haarhoff says fossilised remains of over 500 of the short necked giraffe have been found.” It’s an extinct branch if you like of the giraffe family. It’s named after my ex Boss at the museum Brett Hendi . So we called it Sivatherium hendeyi. They were first discovered in India, that’s where the Siva comes from. It was an enormous animal. We think weighing up to two thousand kilograms and it’s the most common herbivore that has been discovered here, the remains of at least 517 individuals.”









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