Ardipithecus kadabba: Late Miocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia / Edition 1

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Overview


The second volume in a series dedicated to fossil discoveries made in the Afar region of Ethiopia, this work contains the definitive description of the geological context and paleoenvironment of the early hominid Ardipithecus kadabba. This research by an international team describes Middle Awash late Miocene faunal assemblages recovered from sediments firmly dated to between 5.2 and 5.8 million years ago. Compared to other assemblages of similar age, the Middle Awash record is unparalleled in taxonomic diversity, composed of 2,760 specimens representing at least sixty five mammalian genera. This comprehensive evaluation of the vertebrates from the end of the Miocene in Africa provides detailed morphological and taxonomic descriptions of dozens of taxa, including species new to science. It also incorporates results from analyses of paleoenvironment, paleobiogeography, biochronology, and faunal turnover around the Pliocene-Miocene boundary, opening a new window on the evolution of mammals, African fauna, and its environments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780520254404
  • Publisher: University of California Press
  • Publication date: 6/30/2009
  • Series: Middle Awash Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 664
  • Product dimensions: 8.10 (w) x 10.10 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author


Yohannes Haile-Selassie is Curator and Head of Physical Anthropology at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History in Ohio. Giday WoldeGabriel is a geologist at the Earth Environmental Sciences Division at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico.
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Table of Contents


Foreword
Series Preface Tim White
Preface Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday Wolde Gabriel
Acknowledgments

Introduction
Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday Wolde Gabriel

Stratigraphy of the Adu-Asa Formation
Giday WoldeGabriel, William K. Hart, Paul R. Renne,
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, and Tim White

Volcanic Record of the Adu-Asa Formation
William K. Hart, Giday WoldeGabriel, Yohannes Haile-Selassie,
and Paul R. Renne

Geochronology
Paul R. Renne, Leah E. Morgan, Giday WoldeGabriel, William K. Hart,
and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Small Mammals
Henry B. Wesselman, Michael T. Black, and Mesfi n Asnake

Cercopithecidae
Stephen R. Frost, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, and Leslea Hlusko

Hominidae
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Gen Suwa, and Tim White
Contents

Carnivora
Yohannes Haile-Selassie and F. Clark Howell

Bovidae
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Elisabeth S. Vrba, and Faysal Bibi

Suidae
Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Hippopotamidae
Jean-Renaud Boisserie and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Giraffi dae
Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Equidae
Raymond L. Bernor and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Rhinocerotidae
Ioannis X. Giaourtsakis, Cesur Pehlevan, and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Proboscidea
Haruo Saegusa and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Tubulidentata
Thomas Lehmann

Paleoenvironment
Denise F. Su, Stanley H. Ambrose, David DeGusta, and Yohannes
Haile-Selassie

Paleobiogeography
Raymond L. Bernor, Lorenzo Rook, and Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Biochronology, Faunal Turnover, and Evolution
Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Tim White, Raymond L. Bernor,
Lorenzo Rook, and Elisabeth S. Vrba

Conclusions
Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday Wolde Gabriel

Bibliography
Index

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