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Fossil tracks reveal which birds once roamed South Africa's Cape south coast

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If you visit a particular stretch of South Africa's Cape South coast, about 400km east of Cape Town, you are stepping back in time—in more ways than one. That's because hundreds of fossil tracksites dot the area. These sites date back to between 400,000 and 35,000 years ago, during the Pleistocene Epoch. They occur in aeolianites (cemented dunes) and cemented foreshore deposits, the remains of dune and beach surfaces on which animals left their tracks.

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