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The Nahoon Footprints

In 1964 some construction workers at Bats cave on the Nahoon Bluff corner noticed some strange shapes in the bedrock, on further investigation they where recognized to be the fossilized footprints of a child.

200 000 years ago the conditions had to have been perfect for the child to have been able to created these tracks and then they lay undisturbed for eons fossilizing over time.


Large slabs of the sandstone that contained the tracks have been removed and can now be seen at the East London Museum.


East London Museum's Kevin Cole, who chairs the Nahoon Point Nature Reserve Cole, who is researching the site, say's the prints were thought by world-renowned paleo- anatomists who visited in 2001 to belong to a seven- to nine-year-old child.


"We are trying to find the path the child travelled. If we do, the chances are good that the area could achieve World Heritage Site status," he said.


By "we" Cole meant himself and leading Council of Geoscience geologist Dr Dave Roberts, who discovered 117 000-year-old footprints at Langebaan Lagoon on the West Coast in 1995.


The Nahoon footprints, dated at 200 000 years, belong to the archaic homonid period, said Cole, while the Langebaan prints, made 83 000 years later, belong to an anatomically modern homonid.


"The area is like a treasure trove. The sandstone layers come away like table tops".



Image of The Nahoon footprints
Image of The Nahoon footprints

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