Founded in 1922, Langebaan was once used as a whaling station, but has since been transformed into undoubtedly the busiest holiday destination of the West Coast.The white sanded beaches and the clear waters of the Langebaan Lagoon are two of the main attractions of the area.Vertebra from the newly discovered dinosaur species Aardonyx celestea.This fossil has helped scientists to learn more about how early dinosaurs walked.The tidal mud flats of the Langebaan lagoon attract thousands of migratory birds every year and the prolific resident species include greater and lesser flamingos.Bird watchers flock to Langebaan to view over 300 species of birds found in the lagoon waters, which features the world’s largest breeding colony of black harriers.
(Image: Cathy Findley PR) The fossils on show reveal important information about the development of mammal-like reptiles, which over hundreds of millions of years gradually evolved into mammals.
(Image: Wilma den Hartigh)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nicolle Kairuz Cathy Findley Public Relations 27 A rare collection of original fossils that evolved over a period of 120-million years, dating back even further than the discovery of early hominids, is on display at Maropeng in the Cradle of Humankind.
The new exhibition is a collaboration between Maropeng and the Bernard Price Institute (BPI) for Palaeontological Research at Wits University, to celebrate the university’s 90th anniversary.
Here is a brief guide on which park or reserve to visit for interesting fossil activities.
This beautiful national park is situated in Langebaan, which is just over an hour's drive from Cape Town in the Western Cape.