Ardipithecus Kadabba: Late Miocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia (Middle Awash Series)

Ardipithecus Kadabba: Late Miocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia (Middle Awash Series)

By: Giday WoldeGabriel (editor), Yohannes Haile-Selassie (editor)Hardback

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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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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.


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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  • publication date: 08/06/2009
  • ISBN13: 9780520254404
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 664
  • ID: 9780520254404
  • weight: 1852
  • ISBN10: 0520254406

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