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The Karoo basins of south-central Africa
27th Du Toit Memorial LectureRe-uniting lost continents – Fossil reptiles from the ancient Karoo and their wanderlust
  • B. Rubidge
  • Geography, Environmental Science
  • 1 March 2005
Fossil discoveries from South Africa have greatly expanded knowledge of the development of life on Earth. In particular, the enormous palaeontological wealth of the Karoo, covering a period of almost
A lamprey from the Devonian period of South Africa
A marine/estuarine fossil lamprey from the Famennian (Late Devonian) of South Africa is reported, the identity of which is established easily because many of the key specializations of modern forms are already in place, evidence that agnathans close to modern lampreys had evolved before the end of the Devonian period.
In the present analysis, Micromelerpeton is the most basal offshoot of the dissorophoids, followed by a grade towards amphibamids formed by the following successive sister groups (from the base crownwards): (1) the trematopids, (2) Ecolsonia, and (3) the Dissorophidae, the latter being the sister taxon of all analyzed Amphibamids.
High-precision temporal calibration of Late Permian vertebrate biostratigraphy: U-Pb zircon constraints from the Karoo Supergroup, South Africa
Therapsid and other tetrapod fossils from the South African Karoo Supergroup provide the most detailed and best studied terrestrial vertebrate record of the Middle and Late Permian. The resulting
When and how did the terrestrial mid-Permian mass extinction occur? Evidence from the tetrapod record of the Karoo Basin, South Africa
  • M. Day, J. Ramezani, B. Rubidge
  • Environmental Science, Geography
    Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological…
  • 22 July 2015
An extensive compilation of tetrapod-stratigraphic data analysed by the constrained optimization (CONOP) algorithm that reveals a significant extinction event among tetrapods within the lower Beaufort Group of the Karoo Basin, South Africa, in the latest Capitanian and supports the existence of a mid-Permian mass extinction event on land near the end of the Guadalupian.
Basin development during the deposition of the Elliot Formation (Late Triassic - Early Jurassic), Karoo Supergroup, South Africa
The integrated results of a facies analysis and provenance study of the Late Triassic to Early Jurassic Elliot Formation (Karoo Supergroup) provide some new insights into the development of the main
Evolutionary Patterns Among Permo-Triassic Therapsids*
Synapsids form the bulk of tetrapod diversity from Early Permian to Middle Triassic times and thus can provide critical information on the nature of the Permo-Triassic extinction in the terrestrial realm.