Sagittarius was a magazine produced by the South African Museum to disseminate scientific knowledge in a form understandable to the general public. It aimed to convey to the man in the street current research in the fields of natural history and anthropology. It was started in March 1986 during the completion of the new extensions to the museum but unfortunately ceased to be published in 1989 due to increased financial costs. Five volumes were produced in all. The articles are now being made available online on our website. Opinions expressed in this periodical are not necessarily those of the Museum's Council.

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Index of sagittarius issues:

volume 1, number 1

  • The subtidal world of the Cape Peninsula - Gary C. Williams
  • The secretary bird - G.R. McLachlan
  • Halley's Comet - B. Warner
  • Crater lakes in the Age of Dinosaurs - Roger M.H. Smith
  • From the Archives - M.L. Wilson
  • An outdoor art museum - Gary C. Williams & Roger M.H. Smith

volume 1, number 2

  • Diamonds - J.M. Bremner
  • The quagga and its kin - R. E. Rau
  • What are corals - Gary C. Williams
  • Palnology - Palynology
  • The 'fossil forest of Mzamba' - Herbert C. Klinger
  • From the Archives - M.L.Wilson

volume 1, number 3

  • Trace fossils of the ancient Karoo - Roger M.H. Smith
  • The Five Kingdoms of Life - Gary C. Williams
  • Some South African dung beetles - A.J. Prins
  • A butterfly on the move - Margie Macpherson

volume 1, number 4

  • The extinct Cape zebra - C.S. Churcher
  • The sunflower family - Gary C. Williams
  • The brown hyaenas of the Cape Flats - Richard G. Klein
  • The truth about pansies - Sheryl Ozinsky
  • Some light on lime - G.P. Klinghardt
  • From the Archives/ Acknowledgements

volume 2, number 1

  • Baule cloth from the Ivory Coast - Patricia Davison
  • Curious conches from bygone beaches - John Pether
  • Of Marion, mice and men - Mark Boekstein
  • Marine invertebrate Phyla of the south-western Cape - Gary C. Williams
  • Rock paintings and engravings: artistic keys to the past - W.J. van Rijssen
  • "Matjieshuis" - portable dwelling of Nama herders - G.P. Klinghardt
  • Book review - G.R. McLachlan
  • Reconstructing Diictodon - Clive Booth

volume 2, number 2 - june 1987

  • The golden sand wasp - V.B. Whitehead
  • Arid region antelopes - Stewart Grant
  • Elusive fossils of the Namib - Herbert C. Klinger
  • Cannibals at Klasies? - Tim D. White
  • Icy wonderland - W.J. van Rijssen
  • Lights in the southern sky - Mark Boekstein
  • Not just a new museum -W.J.van Rijssen and Martina Roeleveld
  • Owls, mice and men - Margaret Avery
  • Bats - Gary C. Williams
  • Book review - G.R. McLachlan
  • From the Archives - M.L.Wilson

volume 2, number 3 - september 1987

  • The Museum flag - G.P. Klinghardt
  • Official opening of the new extensions to the South African Museum
  • The wonderful world  of the scanning microscope - Klaus Schultes and Morven Graham
  • Some images of the /Xam - G.P. Klinghardt
  • Marion Island - A Photo Essay - Gary C. Williams
  • Captain Cook's gift to the Cape - Lindsay Hooper
  • The extinct blue antelope - Richard G. Klein
  • Book review - G.R. McLachlan
  • From the Archives - M.L. Wilson

volume 2, number 4 - december 1987

  • Ancient tracks on Table Mountain - Cedric Hunter
  • Living molluscs of Zululand -Gary C. Williams
  • Ostracods - Richard Dingle
  • Coral reef fish - an explosion of colour - Sheryl Ozinsky
  • Evolution of sandy beach whelks - Stewart Grant
  • The art of the scientific illustrator -V. Branco
  • The diamond squid - Martina Roeleveld & Fredi Pheiffer
  • Book review - G.R. McLachlan
  • From the Archives - M.L. Wilson

volume 3, number 1 - march 1988

  • Provinces past and present - John Pether
  • Frogs of the western Cape - G.R. McLachlan and Gary C. Williams
  • The sea-floor around Southern Africa - Richard Dingle
  • Thirty years of man in space - Johnathan Spencer-Jones
  • Astro-photos for fun - Jacueline Sue Blaeske
  • James Drury (1875 - 1962) - Clive Booth

volume 3, number 2 - june 1988

  • Endemic species of Nemesia in the western Cape - Gary C. Williams
  • Fossils for Africa - R.M.H. Smith
  • Africa's islands in the sky - Gary C. Williams
  • The African Penguin's family tree - Stewart Grant
  • Underwater in subantarctic seas - Gary C. Williams

volume 3, number 3 - september 1988

  • Nature's pyrotechnics -  Jacueline Sue Blaeske
  • Freaky fossils -  Herbert Christian Klinger
  • The Antarctic floral region - Gary C. Williams
  • Erica flower colours - Tony Rebelo
  • The Linnaean Society of London (1788 -1988) - Q. B. Hendy
  • Benthic foraminifera - Florence Lowry

volume 3, number 4 - december 1988

  • Growth of a collection - E.M. Shaw
  • African images and the exotic European - Patricia Davison
  • Inuit carvings from Alaska - June Hosford
  • Against the Wind - G.P. Klinghardt
  • The art of Ndebele beadwork - Lindsay Hooper
  • The craft of basketry in southern Africa - E.M. Shaw
  • Rock engravings from Natal - Tim Maggs
  • Frames of reference - Sue Clark

volume 4, number 1 - march 1989

  • Profile: Q. B. Hendy
  • Shell middens and strandlopers - Mike Wilson
  • Out of Africa there is always something new - J.A. van den Heever
  • Uit Afrika is daar altyd iets nuuts - J.A. van den Heever
  • Insects within insects - Micker and Charles Griffiths
  • A new silkworm at the Cape - M Cochrane
  • Sand Dunes - Gary C. Williams
  • Nodules for Africa - John Rogers
  • Knolle vir Africa - John Rogers
  • Planktonic foraminfera - Florence Lowry

volume 4, number 2 - june 1989

  • In memoriam: Raymond Dart, the revolutionary of human evolution - Phillip V. Tobias
  • In memoriam: Raymond Dart, die revolusionÍr van menslike evolusie - Phillip V. Tobias
  • Theatre of the sky  - Bill van Rijssen
  • Teater van die lug - Bill van Rijssen
  • Drawing for natural history - Cedric Hunter
  • Makapansgat - Alan G. Morris
  • The raffia palms of Tongaland - D. G. Herbert
  • Algae on penguins and filaments on feathers - Rod and Bridget Randall
  • Alge op pikkewyne en filamente op vere - Rod and Bridget Randall
  • Red Tide - Gary C. Williams
  • What do you know about ozone depletion, global warming, acid rain, and climatic regulation of the biosphere? -Gary C. Williams
  • Ascidiacea  die manjefieke mantlediere - Bevan A Pank

volume 4, number 3 - september 1989

  • First photographs at the Cape - Brian Warner
  • Eerste foto's aan die Kaap - Brian Warner
  • The Codex Witsenii: a rare document in the South African Museum - M.L. Wilson
  • The Museum's quagga project - R.E. Rau
  • Forest Flowers of the Afromontane - Gary C. Williams
  • Seepokke en eendmossels - Bevan A. Pank
  • Kimberly - the city of diamonds - W. J. van Rijssen
  • Research and the collections:
    Rare blue antelope horns found - Sheryl Ozinsky
    Unusual stone heads from Lion's Head, Cape Town - W. J. van Rijssen
  • Freeze-drying specimens at the South African Museum - C. Booth

volume 4, number 4 - december 1989

  • In Memorium: Edna Plumstead
  • Southern conifers: remnants of the deep past - William J Bond
  • Farming Fynbos: reconciling conservation with exploitation - Richard M. Cowling
  • A Gondwanan flora? - Peter Linder
  • Photosynthesis in the Fynbos - O.A.M. Lewis and F. van der Heyden
  • Die konstruksie van 'n tradisionele Nama matjieshuis - Fiona Archer
  • Plantegebruik in die tradisionele velverwerking van die Nama-sprekende Khoikhoi van Mamaqualand - Fiona Archer
  • Agar from southern African seaweeds - John J. Bolton and Robert J. Anderson
  • Plants on diet - W.D. Stock and N. Allsopp

volume 5, number 1 - march 1990

  • The mystery of the disappearing dicynodonts - G. M. King
  • The 'Coldstream Stone' - M. L. Wilson and W.J.J. van Rijssen
  • Images from the spirit world: the paintings on the Linton stone - W.J.J. van Rijssen
  • Whale bones - R.E. Rau and P.J. Pretorius
  • 'Very big and horrible to look at': the chacma baboon (Papio ursinus) in South African history - Alan Morris
  • Lichens: remarkable plant partnerships - Charles L. Griffiths
  • The giant sable antelope of Angola - A.J. Nathan