Fossils at Mount Ceder
“At reception, my eye fell on a tray of fossils. There was a magnificent, intact trilobite from the Early Devonian period. According to palaeontologist Dr John Almond, who has visited Mount Ceder, these marine invertebrates are found in the soft, Bokkeveld shales on the Groot River Pass we'd driven over.
Touching the delicate folds of the fossilized mollusc, I tried to timetravel the 375-million odd years to when this little creature lived at the bottom of a sea in the same place I was standing, in a part of Gondwanaland linked to Brazil and the Falkland Islands, where similar fossils have been discovered.
I went for a walk, only to see fossils peeping at me out of the gravel along the road. Stone from local quarries spread on the area's roads frequently included fossils. Strangely we could drive over them; however, we'd need a museum permit to pocket one to save it from being crushed.” Extract from an article by Marion Whitehead"
All fossils are declared national monuments and are protected by law. Removing, collecting or damaging fossils is illegal and punishable by law. If you find fossils please only look at them, but leave them behind for others to enjoy.
According to Dr John Almond the fossils of the area are to be mostly found in the Bokkeveld Shales. The shales are a softer rock which weather to form the fertile valleys, along which the Ceres - Cederberg - Wupperthal road is found.
There are other fossils, older as well as younger ones, to be found in the adjacent rock formations, but these are often trace fossils (marks left by the animal) and most have been destroyed by the active nature of the environment in which deposition took place. Explore the area and go on your own ‘treasure’ hunt.