The animals below represent some examples of the fauna (animals) that may have lived in the Bushveld region of southern Africa approximately 200,000 years ago.
Many of the animals that lived during this time have very closely related species still living in Africa. A mass extinction during the late Pleistocene (the last ice age), killed off many species of large animals such as the mammoths and saber tooth cats. While Africa also had extinctions during this period, it was much less effected than other continents. For this reason, much of Africa's modern fauna is similar to that found during the Pleistocene.

Position the mouse over each animal to learn its name and characteristics.


This web site is based on information originally created for the NASA/UA Space Imagery Centerís Impact Cratering Series.
Concept and content by David A. Kring and Jake Bailey.
Design, graphics, and images by Jake Bailey and David A. Kring.
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