Nieu Bethesda
Close to the ground.

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre

Martin St 072-781-3801 www.wits.ac.za/geosciences/bpi/kitching/index.htm adult R15, child R10, combined w/ Owl House R35

S 31 52.073 E 024 33.194

Kitching Fossil Exploration Centre is a small educational display about the prehistoric animals that inhabited the Karoo basin some 250 million years ago during the Permian period, over 50 million years before the first dinosaurs roamed the earth. Life-sized models of these mammal ancestors, therapsids, give you an idea of what these creatures looked like, and placards explain world evolution, mass extinctions and the fossil heritage of the Eastern Cape. After you peruse the museum you will be treated to a fossil drilling demonstration, where presenters use dental drills to slowly chip away at the soft sedimentary rock that encases the fossils found in the surrounding Nieu Bethesda area.

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