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FOSSIL FIND BRINGS SANDTON CONSTRUCTION SITE TO A HALT

A Sandton construction site has been brought to a dramatic halt, following the findings of, what is to be believed are the remains of a Dolususaurus fossil dating back to the Early Jurassic period, about 193-million years ago.

The discovery was made during a routine inspection of the construction site when two workers, in the process of soaking the site with water to limit excessive dust, stumbled across, what is understood to be the left toe claws of a Dolususaurus, thought to have roamed the Sandton area millions of years ago.

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“At first we thought it was some sort of tree root that had not been removed during clearing but soon realized that this was more of a horn or nail type object and immediately stopped work around this area.”

– Site Manager for SWTF Construction, Thamsanqa Khanyeza

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Archaeologists from surrounding Johannesburg Universities were called to the scene early this morning to identify, what has been called, an astounding discovery in the heart of Sandton Central.

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“This is an incredible discovery and must rank as one of the most important finds in South Africa, following the discovery of a new species of human relative back in September 2015. We cannot wait to unearth these remains further to start piecing together the sequence of events that would have led to a Dolususaurus finding its final resting place in a somewhat uncommon area.”

– Lead Paleontologist at the Centre for Prehistoric Studies, Professor Albert Erasmus

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Further construction work on the site is now in limbo, following this discovery and experts are uncertain how soon work can resume, with the possibility of further discoveries in the area. In the interim, engineers and architects are locked in urgent meetings to discuss the impact a find of this nature will have on the planned drive-through Vegan restaurant and Kale-Juice bar scheduled for completion in 2020.

“We might have to reconsider the food concept and make it more of a Paleo offering.”

– Franchise Director for BS Holdings, Francis Adley

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“We are not ruling out the possibility of more discoveries close-by as these fossil finds rarely happen in isolation. This could have been a watering hole or hunting site for the Dolususaurus, but it is far too early to tell. More digging will need to be done to uncover the geography of a few million years ago.”

– Assistant Paleontologist at the Centre for Prehistoric Studies, Mildred Cumberbuck

The undertaking of land excavation without hesitation is set to begin almost immediately with project leads trying to assess the scale of skills needed to successfully secure this bygone treasure.

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“Even though there is a surplus of gold-diggers in the Sandton area, this type of excavation will require a particular set of expertise and skill, to unearth the full skeletal frame of the Dolususaurus and its immediate surroundings.”

– Lead Paleontologist at the Centre for Prehistoric Studies, Professor Albert Erasmus

Even though the interest in this extraordinary discovery is immense, residents and those in the surrounding area have been asked to keep a fair perimeter, to allow experts and scientists to successfully unearth this discovery.

But don’t get excited too soon – Happy April Fool’s!

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