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Footprints – MBSA Coastal Education & Visitors Centre

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The Coastal Education & Visitors Centre, designed in the shape of a footprint and sponsored by Mercedes-Benz is located in the beautiful Nahoon Point Reserve.

Locally known as ‘Footprints’, this is the site at which human and animal trace fossil track-ways were discovered in 1964 by Bill Hartley and Rhett Kaiser.  The site is currently being excavated by Dr Dave Roberts (Council of Geoscience) and Kevin Cole (East London Museum) in the pursuit of discovering further fossil track-ways.

The sandstone at this site has been dated to an age of 124 000 years, making the human fossil track-way discovered here, the world’s oldest archaic human fossil footprints on the planet.  The original sandstone slabs with the track-ways can be seen at the East London Museum and an explanation of how they were formed can be viewed at the display (with a cast of the footprints) in the MBSA Coastal Education and Visitor Centre in the Nahoon Point Reserve.

 

The MBSA Coastal Education & Visitors Centre

 

The Nahoon Point Reserve

 

A visit to the MBSA Coastal Education & Visitors Centre, including a walk along the boardwalk in the Nahoon Point Reserve is a must for all visitors to East London.

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