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The Friends of the South African Museum is an organisation open to people of all ages who are interested in learning and exploring the natural and social history of our country.
The focus of the Friends is to support and assist in the promotion of Iziko South African Museum and the work it does. At the same time Friends members have interesting activities and generate interaction between the diverse communities in our society.
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Lecturer: Emeritus Professor John J Bolton (Senior Scholar, University of Cape Town)
Marine farming is among the fastest growing food sectors and over half the global production, by weight, is seaweeds. Almost all this production happens in Asia. John Bolton will consider the history of seaweed use, the rise of seaweed aquaculture and the traditional range of products and South Africa’s contribution.
The talk will cover the potential benefits of large-scale seaweed farming and new evidence on human health of dietary seaweeds, new uses and seaweed biorefinery concepts and the potential role of seaweed aquaculture in a changing world.
Lecturer: Dr Derik Wolvaardt, Palaeontologist
In 1976 James Kitching pointed out a locality on the farm Lemoenfontein in the southern Free State where he found what he interpreted to be cynodont burrow casts and a few Trirachodon and procolophonid skulls.
Derik Wolvaardt’s subsequent exploration of this locality revealed that its rocks record a diverse faunal record. They have found a variety of well-preserved fossils. To date this locality has delivered 124 skulls of at least six different taxa, many with articulated skeletons. This site is generating information that will help to reconstruct the palaeoenvironments and palaeoecology of Middle Triassic tetrapods more accurately.