Vertebrate anatomy and palaeoenviromental reconstruction in The West Coast of South Africa


R. Govender PhD

PhD University of the Witwatersrand (2006)

Curator of Cenozoic Palaeontology

Natural History Department

Iziko South African Museum

PO Box 61

Cape Town 8000

South Africa

Phone/Fax: +27 (0)21 481 3894

Mobile: +27 (0)83 756 5532


Research interests

Vertebrate anatomy including functional anatomy, palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmetal reconstructions, taphonomy and taxonomy. Faunal turnover at sites in South Africa over time, focussing on the west coast. Current research is on the five million year old marine mammal fauna at Langebaanweg, west coast of South Africa. Future research will focus on the small carnivores at Langebaanweg.   


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Postdoctoral Fellowships

2010 - August 2011– Claude Leon Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Zoology Department, University of Cape Town.  Research: Palaeoecological reconstruction of the cetaceans and seals from Langebaanweg, a Pliocene locality on the West Coast of South Africa.


2009 -  Postdoctoral Fellow (Departmental Scholarship) – Zoology Department, University of Cape Town.  Research: A reconstruction of the palaeoecology of the seal population at Langebaanweg, a Pliocene Locality on the west coast of South Africa.


2006 – 2008- NRF Innovation Postdoctoral Fellow – Bernard Price Institute for Palaeontological Research, School of Geoscience, Wits University, Johannesburg. Research: Postcranial Analysis of African Middle Triassic Dicynodonts.