|Cervical vertebra of a Massospondylus-like dinosaur found close to the Vulcanodon type locality on island 126/127 (photo: Pia Viglietti)|
After several days of prospecting the islands around 126/127, we decided to move to sites closer to Kariba town. Our captain moved Musankwa eastward to moor off of Musango Island, where Steve Edwards runs his safari camp. Steve has been prospecting the area for many years and has amassed an important collection of material. Some of these specimens, including more evidence of sauropodomorph dinosaurs, come from the Forest Sandstone, but the majority of them come from an older unit that is probably of Late Triassic age, called the Tashinga Formation. The Tashinga Formation also consists of mudstones and sandstones, but parts of it were deposited under much wetter conditions than the Forest Sandstone. This is shown by the abundance of fossil wood on Musango Island and the nearby shore - fragments of wood are scattered everywhere in the soil and some spots has masses of large tree trunks that showed the region had been densely wooded at this time. In addition, other fossils also suggest the presence of water bodies (at least on a seasonal basis) as shown by finds of numerous large lungfish tooth plates.
|Some huge Late Triassic tree trunks with palaeontologists for scale (photo: Lucy Broderick)|
|The team poring over some of Steve Edward's fossils while at Musango Safari Camp (photo: Pia Viglietti)|
|A rare example of fishing success, with a triumphant Pia showing off her skills (photo: Lucy Broderick)|
|Steve Edwards checking out some of the sauropodomorph bones on Spurwing Island (photo: Lucy Broderick)|