Pioneer Palaeontologists of South Africa


 

Atherstone, William Guybon (Dr)

Atherstone, William Guybon (Dr)

b. Nottingham, England, 1814–d. Grahamstown, 1898

Field/s of interest and study

Medicine (pioneer anaesthetist), Geology, Palaeontology, Fauna, Flora

Career highlights

Qualified as medical doctor in Europe and then assisted in father’s practice in Grahamstown; played important roles in public life (parliamentarian and initiator of Grahamstown Albany Museum, library and botanical garden); interest in geology ignited by fossil exhibition of famed road-builder, Andrew Geddes Bain

Some discoveries/new species collected

Observed presence of fossil plants (tree trunks, ferns, zamias and others), near Port Elizabeth in Sundays River area

• Found first South African dinosaur bones, 1845 (Paranthodon africanus), Bushman’s River, between Port Elizabeth and Grahamstown

Collected mainly Cretaceous fossils from Dunbrody area, Eastern Cape

• Parts of giant dinocephalian presented by him to British Museum, 1870s (Tapinocephalus atherstonei)

Described Lower Cretaceous geological sequence of Algoa Basin

Ratified first diamond found in South Africa discovered at Hopetown, Northern Cape, sent to him for expert opinion

Genus of fossil fish, Atherstonia, named in his honour

Publications

Scientific papers in Eastern Province Monthly Magazine, Cape Monthly Magazine, Geological Magazine (London)


 

Bain, Andrew Geddes

Bain, Andrew Geddes

b. Thurso, Scotland, 1797–d. Cape Town, 1864

Field/s of interest and study

Road-engineering, Geology, Palaeontology, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

Arrived at Cape 1816; built 8 major mountain passes in the Cape and as road-builder had first-hand opportunity to observe geology and collect fossils; produced first geological map of southern Africa; dubbed the ‘father of South African geology and palaeontology’

Some discoveries/new species collected

Synapsids or ‘mammal-like reptiles’: Dicynodon bainii Owen (named ‘a bidental’ by Bain because of 2 tusks); Pareiasaurus serridens Owen (named ‘Blinkwater monster’ by Bain); Bradysaurus bainii

Found first South African fossil mammal bones: Pelorovis bainii

Plant fossils: Haplostigma irregularis; Archaeosigillaria caespitose; Schizoneura africana

Publications

On the Geology of Southern Africa (London, 1852)

• Created well-loved Afrikaans literature character, Kaaitjie Kekkelbek


 

Barber (née Bowker), Mary Elizabeth

b. South Newton, England, 1818–d. Pietermaritzburg, 1899

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeobotany, Ornithology, Stratigraphy, Archaeology, Entomology, Art

Career highlights

Bowker family settled in Eastern Cape in 1820; from age 20 was respected as a natural historian and corresponded with eminent British scientists; with an older brother accumulated and wrote pioneering scientific papers on stone tools; collected, illustrated and described plants for Kew Gardens, London and Trinity College, Dublin; in 1878 elected a member of the South African Philosophical Society

Some discoveries/new species collected

Collected and described many new plant species in the Eastern Cape

Plant genera Barberetta and dwarf blue butterfly Brephidium barberae, named after her

Stone tools collected in Eastern Cape by Barber and brother (H.M. Barber) donated to British Museum, London

Publications

• A Plea for Insectivorous Birds (Grahamstown, 1886)

• Scholarly papers in scholarly journals such as Kew Bulletin, Transactions of the South African Philosophical Society, Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society, Journal of the Linnean Society, Cape Monthly Magazine, 1869–1898


 

Boonstra, Lieuwe Dirk (Dr)

Boonstra, Lieuwe Dirk (Dr)

b. Volksrust, 1905–d. Cape Town, 1975

Field/s of interest and study

Zoology, Palaeontology

Career highlights

Palaeontologist at the South African Museum, Cape Town, 1927–1972; systematically described vertebrate fossil genera – particularly therapsids – in the Tapinocephalus Zone of the Beaufort Group, 1934–1964

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Reconstructed Karoo fossils for exhibits in South African Museum, Cape Town

• Described numerous species of Karoo vertebrates

Publications

About 90 scientific papers, mainly in Annals of the South African Museum, American Museum

Novitates and the Bulletin of American Natural History


Broom, Robert (Dr)

Broom, Robert (Dr)

b. Paisley, Scotland, 1866–d. Pretoria, 1951

Field/s of interest and study

General Medicine, Palaeontology (origin of mammals), Palaeoanthropology

Career highlights

After a short stint in Australia, arrived at Cape in 1897; professor of geology and zoology at the University of Stellenbosch for several years; practised as a medical doctor in the Karoo where he studied synapsids and particularly therapsids – he described 369 therapsid holotypes; from 1934 he worked at the Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, excavating at Sterkfontein, Kromdraai and Swartkrans, trying to prove Dart’s claim that Australopithecus was a human ancestor

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Identified 12 species of fossil fish, 1905–1913

• 369 synapsid fossils in Karoo rocks

• At Sterkfontein in 1947, with John T. Robinson, discovered Plesianthropus transvaalensis skull (‘Mrs Ples’) – later renamed Australopithecus africanus

Skull of Paranthropus robustus (indicating co-existence of 2 hominid species in early African Pleistocene)

Publications

• Many scientific papers

• ‘Comparison of Permian Reptiles of North America with those of South Africa’, Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History (1910)

• The Mammal-Like Reptiles of South Africa and the Origin of Mammals (London, 1932)

• Finding the Missing Link (London, 1950)


 

Brown, Alfred ‘Gogga’

Brown, Alfred ‘Gogga’

b. Cirencester, England, 1834–d. Aliwal North, 1920

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology, Palaeobotany, Geology, Meteorology, Zoology, Botany, Archaeology

Career highlights

Spent over 60 years in north-eastern Cape, working in Aliwal North as teacher, librarian and postmaster; he meticulously recorded geology, weather patterns and particularly reptile behaviour, as well as collecting fossils and stone tools; regarded as the ‘first Varanid [monitor lizard] biologist’

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Euparkeria capensis

Ground-breaking observations on and collection of Cape stone tools

Four decades of meteorological observations for the Cape Meteorological Committee

Large palaeobotanical collection (today in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town)

Robert Broom described some of his palaeontological material from Burgersdorp and Stormberg formations

Named after him (among many) are Euskelosaurus brownii, genus Browniella, Odontopteris brownii

Publications

Journal (21 volumes), largely unpublished, in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town

Lifetime of observations on wide range of subjects in The Cape Monthly Magazine


 

Dart, Raymond Arthur (Prof.)

Dart, Raymond Arthur (Prof.)

b. Toowong ,Queensland, Australia, 1893–d. Johannesburg, 1988

Field/s of interest and study

Medicine, Human Anatomy, Neuroanatomy, Palaeoanthropology

Career highlights

Arrived in South Africa 1923 to head anatomy department of the University of the Witwatersrand; in 1924 identified skull of child from Taung (Northern Cape), as that of early human ancestor (view scorned by most fellow scientists for over 2 decades until Robert Broom found adult fossils of Australopithecus africanus)

Some discoveries/new species collected

Australopithecus africanus (‘Taung child’)

• The first to claim that humankind originated in Africa – A. africanus described as a ‘missing link’ not quite human but more developed than ape

Publications

The Osteodontokeratic Culture of Australopithecus prometheus (Pretoria, 1957)

• (With Dennis Craig), Adventures with the Missing Link (London: 1959)

• Numerous scientific papers


 

Dreyer, Thomas Frederick (Prof.)

Dreyer, Thomas Frederick (Prof.)

b. Koeberg, Cape, 1885–d. Bloemfontein, 1954

Field/s of interest and study

Zoology, Palaeontology, Anthropology, Archaeology

Career highlights

In 1912 lectured in zoology and geology at what is today the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein; not long after, he became professor – a position held until 1950

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Known for palaeontological, anthropological and archaeological work at Matjes River (near Plettenberg Bay), Florisbad and on Orange River (both in Free State) – especially the Florisbad skull (1932)

• Personal collection of fossils, stone tools and artefacts forms an important part of material in National Museum, Bloemfontein

Publications

• Many scientific papers in Researches of the National Museum, Bloemfontein

(With A. Lyle), New Fossil Mammals and Man from South Africa (1931)


 

Du Toit, Alexander Logie

Du Toit, Alexander Logie

b. Cape Town, 1878–d. Cape Town, 1948

Field/s of interest and study

Geology (esp. continental drift), Palaeobotany, Hydrology, Mining Engineering, Geomorphology, Petrology, Economic Geology

Career highlights

Versatile mining engineer and geologist: as part of the geological commission of the Cape of Good Hope he systematically mapped large parts of the Cape and Natal and the entire Karoo stratigraphy; chief geologist to South African Irrigation Department and then consultant to De Beers Consolidated Mines

 

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Authority on Karoo (Drakensberg) lavas and kimberlite volcanic pipes

• Early to Middle Triassic fossil plants of the Molteno Flora

• Early proponent of continental drift

Publications

• Several scientific papers in the Annals of the South African Museum

Geology of South Africa (Edinburgh, 1926, 1939, 1954)

• (With F.R.C. Reed), A Geological Comparison of South America with South Africa (Washington, 1927)

Our Wandering Continents: An Hypothesis of Continental Drifting (Edinburgh, 1937)


 

Haughton, Sidney Henry (Dr)

Haughton, Sidney Henry (Dr)

b. London, 1888–d. Johannesburg, 1982

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Palaeontology

Career highlights

Qualified in England as geologist 1909; took up post in 1911 as palaeontologist-geologist at South African Museum, Cape Town and later at Geological Survey of South Africa; over several years spent long periods collecting fossils in the field, concentrating on Karoo synapsids; worked closely with Robert Broom; made lesser collections of plant fossils, mainly from Devonian and Lower Cretaceous strata

Some discoveries/new species collected

Described sauropodomorph dinosaur Melanosaurus in 1924

As honorary director of the University of the Witwatersrand’s Bernard Price Institute, in 1958 initiated Institute’s scientific publication Palaeontologia africana (still published today)

Publications

Extensive scientific papers on palaeontology and geology

13 geological maps

Geological History of Southern Africa (Johannesburg, 1969)

The Stratigraphic History of Africa South of the Sahara (Edinburgh, 1963)


Hoffman, Abraham Carel (Dr)

Hoffman, Abraham Carel (Dr)

b. Wolmaransstad district, 1903–d. Aliwal North district, 1969

Field/s of interest and study

Natural Science, Museum Administration

Career highlights

Lectured in zoology 1927–1934 at the Universities of Stellenbosch and Orange Free State before taking up position at National Museum, Bloemfontein; as director from 1951, he expanded the National Museum considerably, overseeing excavations at Matjes River (near Plettenberg Bay) and Florisbad (Free State)

Some discoveries/new species collected

Instigated important palaeontological and archaeological research prior to flooding of large areas of the Orange Free State (due to massive dam-building programmes in the 1960s)

 

Publications

Scores of scientific papers, as well as contributions to encyclopaedias and popular-science publications


 

Kannemeyer, Daniel Rousseau (Dr)

Kannemeyer, Daniel Rousseau (Dr)

b. Cape Town, 1843–d. Bloemfontein 1925

Field/s of interest and study

Medicine, Natural History including Lepidoptery, Palaeontology, Archaeology, Stone Tools, Ethnography

Career highlights

Main career in medicine, with scientific studies undertaken in spare time

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Archaeological studies in 1920s played important role in defining stone age Smithfield Culture

• Dicynodont genus Kannemeyria named after him

• Cynodont collection donated to Albany Museum, Grahamstown (Trirachadon kannemeyri, Gomphognathus kannemeyri)

• Important specimens taken to London for further study never returned by British Museum (Kannemeyera simocephalus and Erythrosuchus africanus)

Publications

Published very little; delivered numerous lectures


 

Keyser, Andre Werner (Dr)

Keyser, Andre Werner (Dr)

 

b. Pretoria, 1938–d. Pretoria, 2010

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Palaeontology, Palaeoanthropology

Career highlights

Head of palaeontology at Geological Survey of South Africa (today Council for Geoscience), Pretoria; research included taxonomy of Permian and Triassic dicynodonts and Karoo biostratigraphy; after early retirement turned his interests to palaeoanthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand (sites of Haasgat, Gladysvale, Drimolen near Krugersdorp)

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Fossil teeth of Australopithecus africanus found in 1991 at Gladysvale, near Krugersdorp

• Developed Drimolen site, near Krugersdorp, noted for its rich fossil deposits including hominins

Paranthropus robustus female skull and male jaw (‘Orpheus’ and ‘Eurydice’) discovered 1994

• Skulls of 2 children (dated to about 2 million years ago) found 1997

Publications

Numerous scientific papers


 

Kitching, James William (Prof.)

Kitching, James William (Prof.)

 

b. Nieu-Bethesda, Cape, 1922–d. Johannesburg, 2003

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology, Palaeoanthropology

Career highlights

After several decades of prolific work in the field, regarded as world’s leading vertebrate fossil collector (starting in childhood in Karoo with father and brothers); excavated at Makapansgat 1947–1953 (Australopithecine site); varied research overseas including Antarctica; PhD (1973) from the University of the Witwatersrand where he set up the university’s first palaeontology department (professor from 1987–1990)

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Youngopsis kitchingi the first of countless new synapsids discovered in the Karoo

• Australopithecus prometheus (now A. africanus) at Makapansgat

Plant and animal fossils identified in Antarctica supported the then unproven theory of continental drift

Clutch of Massospondylus eggs found in Golden Gate National Park provided insight into dinosaur embryo development

Publications

• The Distribution of the Karoo Vertebrate Fauna (Johannesburg, 1977)

Numerous scientific papers


 

Le Roux, Stephanus Francois

Le Roux, Stephanus Francois

b. Theunissen district, Orange Free State, 1915–d. Vereeeniging, 1976

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Botany, Palaeobotany, Archaeology, Natural History

Career highlights

Geologist (mainly laboratory) for Brick & Tile Co., Vereeniging; collector of palaeobotanical specimens, mainly in Vereeniging quarries; catalogued palaeobotanical specimens in Vereeniging Museum, many of which were described by Dr Edna Plumstead

Some discoveries/new species collected

Identified fruits on midribs of Glossopteris species

Publications

Several scientific papers on palaeobotany, archaeology and natural history


Leslie, Thomas Nicolas

Leslie, Thomas Nicolas

b. Nottingham, England, 1858–d. Vereeniging, 1942

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology, Meteorology, Archaeology, Botany, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

Worked as stonemason after arrival in Pretoria in 1881, and also thereafter in various places in Transvaal and Orange Free State; involved in public life

Some discoveries/new species collected

Collected plant fossils from brick quarries around Vereeniging

Discovered Fossil Forest (now submerged under Vaal River)

Knowledge of plant fossils respected by many scientists, including petrologists

In 1913 awarded honorary doctorate by the University of the Witwatersrand

Publications

Several scientific papers


 

Oosthuizen, Roy Don-Frederick

Oosthuizen, Roy Don-Frederick

b. East London, 1923–d. Prince Albert district, 1999

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

Farmed on family sheep farm ‘Zwartskraal’ where he housed well-catalogued fossil collection from Cape and Karoo Supergroups; specialized in fossils of the Bokkeveld Group and their stratigraphic distribution; fossil collection – which includes many holotype specimens –now housed in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town

New species collected

Eodicynodon oosthuizeni

• Several invertebrate species from the Bokkeveld Group

Collection

Donated to Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town


 

Paterson, William

Paterson, William

b. near Forfar, Scotland, 1755–d. off Cape Horn, 1810

Field/s of interest and study

Botany, Art, Travel and Exploration

Career highlights

Worked in Chelsea Physic Garden, London; travelled as artist through the western Cape with Robert Jacob Gordon, 1777–1779; collected botanical specimens for Countess of Strathmore, Scotland; as captain in British army, saw service in India, Australia and Tasmania; lieutenant-governor of New South Wales, Australia

Fossil discovery

First person to record fossils in southern Africa: in 1779 he noted ‘petrifaction of shells’ near today’s Port Nolloth, Western Cape (these would have been species of oyster, Striostrea margarita, still living today but not found in cold Atlantic waters)

Publication

A Narrative of Four Journeys into the Country of the Hottentots and Caffraria (London, 1789)

Plumstead, Edna Pauline (Dr)

Plumstead, Edna Pauline (Dr)

b. Cape Town, 1903–d. Johannesburg, 1989

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

BSc, Masters and DSc from the University of the Witwatersrand where she lectured in geology department 1928–1934 and 1946–1964 (coal petrology a speciality); from 1964–1971 focused on palaeobotany

Some discoveries/new species collected

Groundbreaking research on fossil Glossopteris plants (and particularly their fruits)

Through her plant fossil research she was an early proponent of plate tectonics and the then unproven theory of continental drift

Publications

• Coal in Southern Africa (Johannesburg, 1957)

Three Thousand Million Years of Plant Life in Africa (Johannesburg, 1969)

A New Assemblage of Plant Fossils From Milorgfjella, Dronning Maud Land (Cambridge, 1975)

Numerous scientific papers


 

Robinson, John Talbot (Prof.)

Robinson, John Talbot (Prof.)

b. Elliot, Eastern Cape, 1923–d. Wisconsin, USA, 2001

Field/s of interest and study

Hominid Palaeontology (esp. Functional Morphology), Evolutionary Biology, Zoology, Anthropology

Career highlights

At Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, became assistant physical anthropologist and vertebrate palaeontologist to Dr Robert Broom with whom he collaborated closely until 1951; on Broom’s death, he took over his position, eventually becoming assistant director of the Museum; in 1963 he became professor of anthropology and zoology at the University of Wisconsin at Madison, USA

Some discoveries/new species collected

• In 1947, with Dr Robert Broom, discovered Australopithecus africanus (Mrs Ples) at Sterkfontein

• With Broom discovered over 300 early hominin specimens at Sterkfontein, Swartkrans and Kromdraai

In 1949 discovered mandible of Paranthropus (indicating co-existence of 2 hominid species in early African Pleistocene)

Publications

• Numerous scientific papers

The Dentition of the Australopithecinae (Pretoria, 1956)

Early Hominid Posture and Locomotion (Chicago, 1973)


 

Rogers, Arthur William

Rogers, Arthur William

b. Bishop’s Hull, England–d. Cape Town, 1946

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Palaeontology, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

From 1895 worked as geologist for Cape’s Geological Commission (exploring, surveying, mapping), becoming director in 1903; in 1912 appointed to Geological Survey, becoming director in 1916 – a position held until 1932

Some discoveries/new species collected

•Laid foundations for sound palaeontological studies by providing meticulous geological maps

•Identified existence of plant (leaf) fossils in Algoa Bay and Mossel Bay areas

Publications

• An Introduction of the Geology of the Cape Colony (London, 1905)

•The Pioneers in South African Geology and their Work (Johannesburg, 1937)

• Over 125 scientific papers

• Abundant geological maps


 

Rubidge, Sidney Henry Southey

Rubidge, Sidney Henry Southey

b. Graaff-Reinet, 1887–d. Graaff-Reinet, 1970

Field/s of interest and study

Karoo Palaeontology, Farming

Career highlights

Nephew of Richard Nathaniel Rubidge; farmed at ‘Wellwood’ in Graaff-Reinet district; interest in fossils sparked by daughter’s curiosity about ‘bones in stone’; engaged fellow enthusiast, C.J. ‘Croonie’ Kitching (and his children), to collect fossils on his farm during weekends, many of the specimens found becoming type specimens

Some discoveries/new species collected

In recognition of contribution to palaeontology, awarded honorary doctorate from University of the Orange Free State, 1952

Responsible for discovery of Dinogorgon rubidgei, Palemydops rubidgei, Cyonosaurus rubidgei, Galerhinus rubidgei, Ictidosuchoides rubidgei, Nanictosaurus rubidgei

Collection

Built up world-renowned fossil Rubidge Collection of mainly therapsids


Schwarz, Ernest Hubert Lewis (Prof.)

Schwarz, Ernest Hubert Lewis (Prof.)

b. Sydenham, London, 1873–d. St Louis, Senegal, 1928

Field/s of interest and study

Geology, Astronomy, Palaeobotany

Career highlights

At the Cape, in 1896, became Geological Commission’s assistant geologist to A.W Rogers; headed geology department at Rhodes University College, Grahamstown, 1905–1927; took leave in 1928 to map upper Niger River in Senegal

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Collaborated on scientific publications with A.W. Rogers

• Described several new fossil plant taxa (not collected by him)

Publications

• Numerous scientific papers and 5 books

• Abundant maps


 

Stumke, George Hugh Flynn

Stumke, George Hugh Flynn

b. Bulawayo, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe), 1909–d. Durban circa 1994

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeobotany (esp. fossil wood), Lapidary, Engineering

Career highlights

Moved from Rhodesia as a very young child; keen member of Natal Mineral and Gem Society; worked at African Oxygen 1926–1956; patented several chemical engineering inventions

Some discoveries/new species collected

• With his wife, conducted considerable fieldwork, discovering numerous samples of fossil wood throughout southern Africa; most specimens catalogued have at least one end sectioned and polished

Osmundacaulis stumkei tree fern named after him

Collection

Donated to Bernard Price Institute, University of the Witwatersrand (today Evolutionary Studies Institute)


Tobias, Phillip Vallentine (Prof.)

Tobias, Phillip Vallentine (Prof.)

b. Durban, 1925–d. Johannesburg, 2012

Field/s of interest and study

Human Biology, Cultural Anthropology, Human Anatomy, Early Hominins, Palaeoanthropology

Career highlights

Over 50 years in anatomy department, University of the Witwatersrand, serving as professor of anatomy and human biology; for over 4 decades headed the fossil dig at Sterkfontein, near Johannesburg; well known for his infectious passion for his fields of interest and his ability to enthuse people in palaeoanthropology

Some discoveries/new species collected

• Principal writer in 1967 of published description of ‘Nutcracker Man’ (discovered in 1959 by Mary Leakey) – as type specimen of Zinjanthropus boisei, (subsequently called Paranthropus boisei and now Australopithecus boisei).

•With John Napier and Louis Leakey, described the type specimen of Homo habilis (‘Handyman’)

Publications

• Over 1 100 scientific papers, letters and articles

The Bushmen: San Hunters and Herders of Southern Africa (Cape Town, 1978)

• A Search for Origins (Johannesburg, 2008)

Olduvai Gorge (Cambridge, 2009)

• (With M. Arnold and J.C. Allan), Man’s Anatomy, 3 vols (Johannesburg, 1988)


 

Van Hoepen, Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas (Dr)

Van Hoepen, Egbert Cornelis Nicolaas (Dr)

b. Flushing, The Netherlands, 1884–d. Edenvale, near Johannesburg, 1966

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology, Geology, Archaeology

Career highlights

Transvaal Museum, Pretoria, as palaeontologist, 1910–1921; first scientific director of the National Museum, Bloemfontein, 1922–1950; thereafter special researcher into geological surveys in Natal

Some discoveries/new species collected

Several Ammonite genera described, among them Pelecodiscus and Eulophoceras

Some publications

• Several academic works published by the National Museum, Bloemfontein

• Many scientific papers on the Cretaceous fauna of Zululand and coastal areas of south-eastern South Africa


Whaits, John Henry

Whaits, John Henry

b. Bristol, England, 1870–d. Mossel Bay, 1947

Field/s of interest and study

Palaeontology

Career highlights

Lived in South Africa from 1894; ordained as Anglican minister, 1895; rector of extensive parishes in Karoo and adjoining areas, 1903–1937 (Prince Albert, Beaufort West, Graaff-Reinet, George, Oudtshoorn)

Some discoveries/new species collected

Collected Therocephalia extensively (of all those known at the time, he collected about a third)

• Specimens sent to Robert Broom at South African Museum, Cape Town for identification (some of which were sold by Broom to American Museum of Natural History, New York)

• Synapsid genus Whaitsia named after him, as well as many individual species, among them Rhinesuchus whaitsi, Struthiocephalus whaitsi, Bradysaurus whaitsi, Moschops whaitsi and Hyaenasuchus whaitsi

Collection

Over 150 specimens housed in Iziko South African Museum, Cape Town


 

Researched and compiled by Cynthia Kemp

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