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Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News -

BU­L­AWAYO, Fri­day, Novem­ber 18, 1966 — Of­fi­cials at the Na­tional Mu­seum in Bu­l­awayo are beat­ing sanc­tions by bar­ter­ing de­posits of the world’s old­est fos­sil in ex­change for mu­seum pieces im­ported from the United States.

The fos­sils are 2 700 000 000-year-old prim­i­tive al­gae, de­posits of which are still ly­ing in the Hunts­man quarry at the Turk Mine near Bu­l­awayo, said the cu­ra­tor, Mr GL Guy. Al­though the for­eign ex­change is granted for a lim­ited amount of im­ports for the mu­seum, Mr Guy said that since sanc­tions were im­posed the barter sys­tem was quicker, more con­ve­nient and cheaper.

He said ge­ol­o­gists all over the world ac­knowl­edged the fos­sil to be the old­est yet found. A num­ber of mu­se­ums in the United States were eager to barter sam­ples of the fos­sil in ex­change for ge­o­log­i­cal books and chem­i­cals.

The cu­ra­tor said the min­eral col­lec­tion at the Na­tional Mu­seum is one of the finest in the world, and he is hop­ing to raise nearly £12 000, through public do­na­tions for their dis­play. About £1 700 has been do­nated to date by the An­glo-Amer­i­can Cor­po­ra­tion, the Bu­luwayo Board of Ex­ecu­tors and sev­eral lo­cal firms, he added.

The first of two gal­leries is be­ing con­structed at present and Rhode­sian mukwa wood is be­ing used for the dis­play cases. If the full amount is raised to cover es­ti­mated ex­penses the two gal­leries will show the sci­ence of ge­ol­ogy.

“Our aim”, said Guy “is to let ev­ery­one know that Rhode­sia has a Great Dyke, the great­est nat­u­ral wa­ter­falls, the old­est rocks and fos­sils in the world, di­nosaurs and an an­nual min­eral pro­duc­tion worth about £30 000 000”.

Part of the £12 000 will be spent on a re­volv­ing model of the earth, and a push but­ton eco­nomic map of Rhode­sia. Mr Guy said that any do­na­tions could be sent to him at Na­tional Mu­seum, Bu­l­awayo.

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