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Ms Miengah Abrahams

Lecturer


Sedimentology

Department of Geological Sciences

Email: miengah.abrahams@uct.ac.za

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Research

My research is focused around Triassic - Jurassic tridactyl theropod dinosaur tracksites in the main Karoo Basin. My primary aims are to record and describe the tracks, determine the age of the rocks the tracks are preserved in and use sedimentological observations to understand the conditions in which the tracks were made.

  • Continental ichnology
  • U-Pb geochronology
  • Sedimentology

Publications

Rampersadh, A., Bordy, E.M., Sciscio, L., Abrahams, M. 2018. Dinosaur behaviour in a dynamic Early Jurassic palaeoecosystem: the record of the uppermost Elliot Formation at Ha Nohana in Lesotho. Annales         

Bordy, E.M., Abrahams, M., Sciscio, L. 2017.  The Subeng vertebrate tracks: stratigraphy, sedimentology and a digital archive of a historic Upper Triassic palaeosurface (lower Elliot Formation), Leribe, Lesotho (southern Africa). Bollettino della Società Paleontologica Italiana, 56, i-xviii. doi: 10.4435/BSPI.2017.12.

Sciscio,L, Bordy, E.M., Abrahams, M, Knoll, F, McPhee, B.W. 2017. The first megatheropod tracks from the Lower Jurassic upper Elliot Formation, Karoo Basin, Lesotho. PLoSONE12(10): e0185941. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0185941

Abrahams, M., Bordy, E.M., Sciscio, L., Knoll, F. 2017. Scampering, trotting, walking tridactyl  bipedal dinosaurs in southern Africa: ichnological account of a Lower Jurassic palaeosurface (upper Elliot Formation, Roma Valley). Historical Biology. 1-18.doi:10.1080/08912963.2016.1267164

Bordy, E.M., Abrahams, M. 2016. Geochemistry of the Pronksberg bentonite in the upper Elliot Formation (Early Jurassic), Eastern Cape, South Africa. In Eds: Linol B and de Wit M, Origin and Evolution of the Cape Mountains and Karoo Basin: Geo-biohistory in a terrain with shale gas resources and need for conservation. Regional Geology Reviews 8643: pp. 119-127.Springer Verlag book chapter. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-40859-0_12.

Sciscio, L., Bordy, E.M., Reid, M., Abrahams, M. 2016. Sedimentology and ichnology of the Mafube dinosaur track site (Lower Jurassic, eastern Free State, South Africa): a report on footprint preservation and palaeoenvironment. PeerJ 4:e2285; DOI 10.7717/peerj.2285


Biography

Degrees

BSc (Hons) University of Cape Town 2015

Employment

Lecturer, University of Cape Town, 2019