Spitzkoppe fossil trail

Very interesting site where 280 million years old fossils of one the earliest reptiles Messosaurus tenduins can be observed is located 40 kilometres north-east of Keetmanshoop on the road C17 (first take road 29). koker.JPG (10790 bytes)There are about 10 fragments at the site and guided tours are conducted daily. Duration of the tour is approximately 1.5 hours.
The specimens at the site are older than true Karoo reptiles found in South Africa by several million years and older than other known Messosaurus species that was found in Southern America.
The length of the guided tour is around 1 kilometre. Accommodation (camping site with ablution facilities) are available.
Other activities include 10 kilometre self-guided trail and 12 kilometre 4x4 route.

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