Earth Sciences in Angola

A graduate student and a postdoctoral researcher in SMU’s Roy M. Huffington Department of Earth Sciences, along with Professor Louis L. Jacobs, are conducting research in Angola in southern Africa during summer 2012. They are members of an international scientific program called the PaleoAngola Project, which seeks to discover and study Angola’s vertebrate paleontology and learn about the environment in which prehistoric creatures lived. Readers also can follow their work at

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Banana-dogs for lunch

Mike and Louis' field truck, AngolaAn update from Mike:

Just a quick update to kick off the field blog for this year. Louis and I arrived in Luanda on the 1st of June and with the help of many friends and colleagues here in Angola, we managed to get all of our required supplies, vehicle, and our travel documents in record time…a single day. That enabled us to leave Luanda on Saturday morning, and begin our journey to the marine cretaceous field localities in the south.

We spent Saturday night in Benguela, on the coast of Angola. Sunday morning we headed inland and drove up to the plateau, then south to Lubango. We are meeting with old friends and colleagues along the way and finalizing details of schedules and dealing with logistics issues. Great driving weather both days and the scenery is fantastic. Along the way we stopped under the shade of a tree for a lunch (banana-dogs and water – see recipe below). Tomorrow, we are heading for Namibe, and hopefully will be in the outcrops by Tuesday.

Banana-dogs for lunch, AngolaBANANA-DOGS RECIPE


• A bunch of bananas – preferably a variety of banana that grows around Benguela, within a couple hours of being cut from the tree

• 2 Portuguese bread rolls (fresh this morning, liberated from the breakfast bar at the guest-house in Benguela)

Mike and Louis, AngolaPreparation:

Put a whole banana on half of a bread roll. Repeat 2 times, for each serving.

Serves two paleontologists. Best eaten from the hood of your field vehicle. Serve with bottled water, recent vintage preferred.

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