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The Drakensberg and Dinosour footprints
March 1, 2014
The ancient footprints of a three-toed dinosaur and dozens of previously unknown Bushman paintings have been discovered. The findings were made by scientists filming the rock art galleries of the Drakensberg/ uKhahlamba mountains in the Cathedral Peak area of KwaZulu Natal.
Each footprint is about half a metre long. They are unusual because they are "negative" prints. Normally, fossilised footprints are visible as depressions in a rock, whereas these protrude outwards from the rock surface. According to archaeologist Gary Trower, the layers of bedrock below the prints had collapsed, leaving the dinosaurs' footmarks suspended in time above a rocky overhang. The discovery was made by members of the Rock Art Mapping Project led by Carl Grossman of the University of KwaZulu Natal.
In the Injasuti Wilderness Area, Central Drakensberg is a cave that contains fosilised dinosour footprints. Because of its rare and exquisite dinosaur footprints, this cave is not marked on the maps of the area out of concern that thoughtless visitors may damage or deface them. This is one of the few known locations of dinosaur footprints in the Natal Drakensberg. If you are fortunate enough to see them, please treat them with the wonderment they deserve! They have been there for millions of years and it would be a sad indictment of humanity if they were to disappear because of a few thoughtless visitors!