Five million year old fossil jaw bone of an extinct short-necked giraffe at West Coast Fossil Park in South Africa.

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West Coast Fossil Park

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The first bear discovered south of the Sahara, lion-size sabre-toothed cats, three-toed horses and short-necked giraffes are all on display at this excellent fossil park on Rte 45 about 16km outside Langebaan. Fascinating tours depart hourly from 10am to 3pm (until 1pm on weekends) and take you to the excavation sites – among the richest fossil sites in the world. There are also mountain-biking and walking trails, and a coffee shop.

A new exhibition centre funded by the national lottery was about to open when we last visited.

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