afrique du sud

MAKEDA AFRIQUE DU SUD

Portrait de Dana originaire de Kingston en Jamaïque et 

Ivan arrivant de Nairobi au Kenya.

Ils se sont rencontrés il y a quelques jours sur Long Street et ne

se quittent plus. Tous les deux en vacances au Cap, nous

les avons croisés en pleine nuit, enlacés.

Cape Town c'est aussi la ville des amours furtifs, des rencontres d'un soir. C'est la ville balnéaire du pays légère et frivole.

Long Street, c'est la rue que mon meilleur ami ici, appelle Long Story. C'est un enchaînement de bars aux lumières tamisées, où les corps s'enlacent peu importe les couleurs et les nationalités. 

Il y a de nombreux touristes, des sud-africains de tous milieux sociaux confondus, de la musique à en perdre la tête et des histoires interculturelles à n'en plus finir.

Manchots du Cap / African Penguins.

Spheniscus demersus (Linnaeus 1758) :
- Manchot du Cap ;
- African Penguin - Jackass Penguin ;
- Pingüino de El Cabo ;
- Pinguino africano ;
- Pinguim do cabo ;
- Brillenpinguin ;
- Zwartvoetpinguïn ;
- sydafrikansk pingvin ;
- pingwin przyladkowy ;
- Очковый пингвин ;
- tučniak okuliarnatý ;
- Tucnák brýlový, tučňák brýlový ;
- Gözlüklü Penguen ;
- ケープペンギン ;
- 南非企鹅

Ordre : Sphénisciformes - Sphenisciformes /
Famille : Spheniscidae /
Genre : Spheniscus /
Espèce : demersus - Espèce monotypique /
Longévité : 11 ans.

Spheniscus demersus est menacé d'extinction.

Oiseau marin aptère de l'hémisphère austral. On ne trouve le manchot du Cap qu'en Afrique du Sud et sur la côte namibienne ainsi que sur les îles proches.

Mike Scott / (CC BY-SA 2.0)

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Thotobolosaurus mabeatae

Source: fezraptor (I owe him a solid. Again. It seems I owe basically all of my friends solids at this point?) 

Name: “Thotobolosaurus mabeatae” 

Name Meaning: Trash Heap 

First Described: Not yet described, however, it was named in 1970

Described By: Named by Paul Ellenberger 

Classification: Dinosauria, Saurischia, Eusaurischia, Sauorpodomorpha, Plateosauria, Massopoda, Anchisauria, Sauropodiformes, ?Sauropoda 

“Thotobolosaurus” is a nomen nudum, meaning that the genus name was not actually accompanied by a good description, so it’s not really technically described. Still, we’re always up for a challenge here at ADAD (I say we, because fezraptor took it upon himself to help me with this), so we are going to talk about it anyway! It was excavated between 1955 and 1970, and were discovered near a garbage pile near the house of Mabeata, a woman living in Maphutseng, in Lesotho; back then, it was a British colony. The fossil have moved around a lot since their excavation; the rocks it was discovered in were part of the lower Elliot Formation, which was probably from the Carnian or Norian ages of the Late Triassic, between 208.5 and 235 million years ago. It was one of the earliest large dinosaurs, and is known from multiple poorly preserved skeletons. It was quadrupedal, and may have been 8-10 meters long - longer than even Melanorosaurus; though most of what we know about it is based on its relatives, including Antetonitrus, due to the scattered nature of its remains. Clearly, the fossils need to be formally described, before we can really know more about this animal. 

Sources: 

Ellenberger F, Ellenberger P. 1956. Le gisement de dinosauriens de Maphutseng (Basutoland, Afrique du Sud). Comptes Rendus Sommaires de la Societe Geologique de France 8:99-101. 

Gauffre F-X. 1993. Biochronostratigraphy of the Lower Elliot Formation (southern Africa) and preliminary results on the Maphutseng dinosaur (Saurischia: Prosauropoda) from the same Formation of Lesotho. New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science Bulletin 3:147-149. 

McPhee BW, Yates AM, Choiniere JN, Abdala F. 2014. The complete anatomy and phylogenetic relationships of Antetonitrus ingenipes (Sauropodiformes, Dinosauria): implications for the origins of Sauropoda. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society 171:151-205. 

Padian K. 2013. The problem of dinosaur origins: integrating three approaches to the rise of Dinosauria. Earth and Environmental Science Transactions of the Royal Society of Edinburgh 103:423-442. 

Shout out goes to blairdrof!