National History Museum


The research focus of the Department is the evolution of large mammal faunas and the appearance of modern environments in central southern Africa. For this purpose we use the fossil mammal collections and the modern osteology collections, both housed at the Florisbad Quaternary Research Station. Florisbad is the type locality of the Florisian Land Mammal Age and the site is the base from where we conduct fieldwork in the central interior. We excavate at various sites, including Cornelia-Uitzoek (the type locality of the Cornelian Land Mammal Age) and at Erfkroon, a Florisian locality on the Modder River.

The Department is a participating member of the Bloemfontein Palaeosystems Centre (BPC).