About Madagascan Fossil Localities
Fossil localities are supposed to reflect a nation’s own geographic divisions and Madagascar was recently reorganized politically. Its six historic provinces were dissolved in 2007 and broken up into twenty-two separate regions.
Although they are still commonly used to describe the country, using the former provinces is technically incorrect for labeling purposes. Additionally, Madagascan place names often have different spellings including French ones. These colonial versions were officially abandoned during the 1970’s and 1980’s to reflect the nation’s sovereignty after gaining independence from France in 1960.
Since many customers are more familiar with these older names, we continue to list the regions, provinces, and French and Madagascan names on our fossil locality page to prevent confusion.