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PROPOSED DECLARATION OF

NOTIFICATION OF PROPOSED DECLARATION OF THE GATS RIVER FOSSIL BED

The Gats River fossil site, in the riverbed at Nieu Bethesda, is one of the most productive fossil sites in the geological Beaufort Group of the Karoo in South Africa, providing an internationally important record of life during the early diversification of land vertebrates. It is particularly significant because of the occurrence of mammal-like-reptiles (therapsids), so called because they are reptiles which show features of mammals and represent a transitional stage between reptiles and mammals.

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