Dr Miengah AbrahamsLecturer


 Department of Geological Sciences

 Email: miengah.abrahams@uct.ac.za


 Dino Tracker



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


Abrahams M., Bordy E.M., Knoll F. & Farlow J.O. (2022). Theropod tridactyl tracks across the Triassic–Jurassic boundary in southern Africa: Implications for pedal morphology evolution. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 10: 925313. doi.org/10.3389/fevo.2022.925313

Abrahams M., Bordy E. M. & Knoll, F. (2020). Hidden for one hundred years: a diverse theropod ichnoassemblage and tracks preserved in cross-section from the historic Early Jurassic Tsikoane ichnosite (Clarens Formation, northern Lesotho, southern Africa). Historical Biology, DOI: 10.1080/08912963.2020.1810681

Abrahams, M., Sciscio, L., Reid, M., Haupt, T. & Bordy, E.M. (2020). Large tridactyl dinosaur tracks from the Early Jurassic of southern Gondwana - uppermost Elliot Formation, Upper Moyeni, Lesotho. Annales Societatis Geologorum Poloniae 90, 1–26. doi.org/10.14241/asgp.2020.07 

Bordy E. M., Abrahams M., Sharman G. R., Viglietti P. A., Benson R. B. J., McPhee B. W., Barrett P. M., Sciscio L., Condon D., Mundil R., Rademan Z., Jinnah Z., Clark J. M., Suarez C. A., Chapelle K. E. J., Choiniere J. N. (2020). A chronostratigraphic framework for the upper Stromberg Group: implications for the Triassic-Jurassic boundary in southern Africa. Earth-Science Reviews 203: 103120, DOI: 10.1016/j.earscirev.2020.103120

Bordy, E.M., Rampersadh, Abrahams, M., Lockley, M.G., Head, H. (2020). Tracking the Pliensbachian–Toarcian Karoo firewalkers: Trackways of quadruped and biped dinosaurs and mammaliaforms. PLoS ONE 15(1): e0226847, DOI:  10.1371/journal.pone.0226847

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



PhD University of Cape Town 2020

BSc (Hons) University of Cape Town 2015


Lecturer, University of Cape Town, 2019