Lesotho Dinosaurs

Lesotho, Lesothosaurus, Gerald Allan Davie, dinosaur footprints, footprints,Dinosaurs, Dinosaur Expeditions, Dinolands, Prehistoric Life, Life, Walking with Dinosaurs, palaeontology, paleontology, fossils, fossil digs, dinodigs, dinosaur digs, ancient life, Mesozoic, Extinction, dinokids, Dinoman, Archaeology, Archeology,Geological Time Line, fossilised bones, , skeletons, prehistoricWith a bit of help from the Lonely Planet guide, the GPS, and the local Basotho lads we found the most magnificent dinosaur footprints under a rock overhang. It is perhaps a bit of an indictment on the geological community that one has to find out information on such significant things as dinosaur fossil tracks from an Australian published travel guide. Well done to Lonely Planet, Nil points to the geologists. But now we hope to rectify this, so if you want to go see them, here are the co-ordinates: S28 54.151 E27 59.864 or if you prefer: S28.90252 E27.99774 or S28 54 09.1 E27 59 51.9.

They must be at least 10 metres up and under the overhang, and the ones at the entrance to the cave are closer and more impressive. That said, they are very well preserved and it looks as if there was a whole herd of them galloping around in the sediments. We are considering ways of jugging up and taking casts at the moment – will need to revisit my rope access skills.

Full marks to Lonely Planet, zero for the geologists who haven’t managed to get their act together and publish GPS coordinates of these sites.  Hopefully this geologist is now rectifying the situation.

There are other dinosaur footprints to be seen in Lesotho.  I have not visited these sites so cannot confirm their location or quality but here are the published coordinates for three locations. If you visit, please send feedback and photos.

Leribe Dinosaur Prints

S 28º 49′ 23.4 E 028º 04′ 29.7

Morija Dinosaur Prints

S 29º 37′ 57.9 E 027º 30′ 47.8

Quiteng Dinosaur Prints

S 30º 23′ 41.5 E 027º 41′ 35.2