Thousands of Ancient Animals Have Been Discovered by This YouTube Fossil Hunter
A paleontology-obsessed YouTuber claims to have unearthed thousands of fossils throughout the years, including hundreds of small shark teeth and several whale skulls.
The YouTuber started uploading videos to his Mamlambo Fossils channel two years ago, the majority of which show him painstakingly excavating and preparing fossils that he has discovered.
The channel has nearly 38,000 subscribers, with videos receiving tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of views on a regular basis.
Morne, the fossil digger who refused to divulge his last name, told Washington Newsday that he was born in South Africa and migrated to New Zealand seven years ago.
Despite the fact that Mamlambo is not a trained paleontologist, he has dedicated his life to the discovery of fossils.
“I’ve always been fascinated in fossils and dinosaurs,” Mamlambo told Washington Newsday, “but it was extremely closely restricted in South Africa, so I didn’t spend a lot of time doing it.”
“I used to scuba dive for fossil shark teeth on the Aliwal Shoal near Durban, and I enjoyed the thrill of discovering something unique, like a large great white tooth. Paleontology isn’t something I’ve studied yet! It’s more than a pastime for me, but it’s not my primary occupation. It’s undeniably my calling.”
Mamlambo claims to have discovered thousands of fossils during his lifetime, all of which he has documented with GPS locations, photographs, and descriptions.
“I discovered hundreds of micro shark teeth in one location, ranging in size from 1 millimeter to 5 millimeters [about 0.1 inch], which I have yet to properly study. The ages of my fossils range from 85 million to 100,000 years.”
A fossil marlin head, estimated to be 48 million years old and representing an undiscovered species, was one of the most exciting discovery Mamlambo has ever made, he said.
Among his other favorite finds are multiple whale skulls, including a 300-pound one he “dragged up a huge hill,” a new species of bird that he was able to name—the subject of an upcoming scientific paper that is currently being written—and a previously unknown megashark tooth from New Zealand.
Mamlambo advises anyone interested in looking for fossils to do so. This is a condensed version of the information.