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Ardipithecus kadabba : late Miocene evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia /
edited by Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday WoldeGabriel.
imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
description
xxii, 641 p. : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0520254406 (cloth : alk. paper), 9780520254404 (cloth : alk. paper)
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imprint
Berkeley : University of California Press, c2009.
isbn
0520254406 (cloth : alk. paper)
9780520254404 (cloth : alk. paper)
contents note
Stratigraphy of the Adu-Asa Formation / Giday WoldeGabriel ... [et al.] -- Volcanic record of the Adu-Asa Formation / William K. Hart ... [et al.] -- Geochronology / Paul R. Renne ... [et al.] -- Small mammals / Henry B. Wesselman, Michael T. Black, and Mesfin Asnake -- Cercopithecidae / Stephen R. Frost, Yohannes Haile-Selassie, and Leslea Hlusko -- Hominidae / Yohannes Haile-Selassie, Gen Suwa, and Tim White -- 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 -- Giraffidae / 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 ... [et al.] -- Paleobiogeography / Raymond L. Bernor, Lorenzo Rook, and Yohannes Haile-Selassie -- Biochronology, faunal turnover, and evolution / Yohannes Haile-Selassie ... [et al.].
catalogue key
6933600
 
Includes bibliographical references (p. 597-629) and index.
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"The late F. Clark Howell had a vision of paleoanthropology as a fully integrated set of many scientific disciplines. This meticulously documented work is the first in a series that fulfills his vision. It is a magisterial synthesis of important early hominid fossils and their contemporaneous mammals placed in regionally dated stratigraphic sequences and reconstructed paleoenvironments. It is enhanced by images of sites and moments of discovery that are usually left to popular articles and that will give the reader a glimpse of the rigors of field work in a remote region of Africa."--Alan Walker, Pennsylvania State University "This carefully planned and creatively crafted book is a record of a previously little-known niche of Africa's past. It recounts the tale of over seventeen thousand fossils, including more than 260 hominid fossils of the new ancestral species Ardipithecus kadabba, and their location in space, time and environment. Together they paint a picture of Africa in the late Miocene, five to six million years ago. It was a part of north-east Africa, the Middle Awash of Ethiopia, at a time when it was rent by volcanoes and rifting. From this tectonically ravaged past, one marvels at such beauteous byproducts as this book reveals. To do justice to Ethiopia's surprises needs an exceptional book. This volume is worthy of the challenge: it is a model of its kind and will be hard to surpass. Happily, this is the first great volume on such matters to be edited by two sons of Africa, Doctors Haile-Selassie and WoldeGabriel, with a cast of twenty-five contributors from eight countries."--Phillip V. Tobias, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg "Here we have the life and times of Ardipithecus kadabba, the intriguing hominin lying near the divergence of the human lineage from that of the African Great Apes. Meticulously put together and rigorously documented, this book illustrates the intrinsic value of the best monographic publications of its kind. It provides rich, detailed information concerning A. kadabba, the other creatures that populated the eastern African landscape in the late Miocene, and their geological and paleoenvironmental surroundings. Synthesizing these data into an illuminating picture of one of our very earliest plausible ancestors, situated in its temporal and environmental context, the book is valuable not just for paleoanthropologists, but for all biologists interested in the ancient fauna of this great region of the world, its history and paleobiogeography."--Andrew Hill, Yale University
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"The late F. Clark Howell had a vision of paleoanthropology as a fully integrated set of many scientific disciplines. This meticulously documented work is the first in a series that fulfills his vision. It is a magisterial synthesis of important early hominid fossils and their contemporaneous mammals placed in regionally dated stratigraphic sequences and reconstructed paleoenvironments. It is enhanced by images of sites and moments of discovery that are usually left to popular articles and that will give the reader a glimpse of the rigors of field work in a remote region of Africa."--Alan Walker, Pennsylvania State University "This carefully planned and creatively crafted book is a record of a previously little-known niche of Africa's past. It recounts the tale of more than three thousand fossils, including twenty hominid specimens representing the new ancestral species Ardipithecus kadabba and their location in space, time and environment. Together they paint a picture of Africa in the late Miocene, of five to six million years ago. It was a part of northeast Africa, the Middle Awash of Ethiopia, at a time when it was rent by volcanoes and rifting. From this tectonically ravaged past, one marvels at such beauteous byproducts as this book reveals. To do justice to Ethiopia's surprises needs an exceptional book. This volume is worthy of the challenge: it is a model of its kind and will be hard to surpass. Happily, this is the first great volume on such matters to be edited by two sons of Africa, Doctors Haile-Selassie and WoldeGabriel, with a cast of twenty-five contributors from eight countries."--Phillip V. Tobias, F.R.S., For.M.NAS, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg "Here we have the life and times of Ardipithecus kadabba, the intriguing hominin lying near the divergence of the human lineage from that of the African Great Apes. Meticulously put together and rigorously documented, this book illustrates the intrinsic value of the best monographic publications of its kind. It provides rich, detailed information concerning A. kadabba, the other creatures that populated the eastern African landscape in the late Miocene, and their geological and paleoenvironmental surroundings. Synthesizing these data into an illuminating picture of one of our very earliest plausible ancestors, situated in its temporal and environmental context, the book is valuable not just for paleoanthropologists, but for all biologists interested in the ancient fauna of this great region of the world, its history and paleobiogeography."--Andrew Hill, Yale University
Summaries
Bowker Data Service Summary
The second volume in a series dedicated to fossil discoveries made in the Afar region of Ethiopia, this works describes the geological context and paleoenvironment of the early hominid ardipithecus kadabba.
Main Description
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 hominidArdipithecus 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.
Main Description
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.
Table of Contents
Foreword
Series Preface Tim White
Preface Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday Wolde Gabriel
Acknowledgments
Introduction
Stratigraphy of the Adu-Asa Formation
Volcanic Record of the Adu-Asa Formation
Geochronology
Small Mammals
Cercopithecidae
Hominidae
Carnivora
Bovidae
Suidae
Hippopotamidae
Giraffi dae
Equidae
Rhinocerotidae
Proboscidea
Tubulidentata
Paleoenvironment
Paleobiogeography
Biochronology, Faunal Turnover, and Evolution
Conclusions
Bibliography
Index
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