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Title Lothagam : the dawn of humanity in eastern Africa / edited by Meave G. Leakey and John M. Harris.

Published New York : Columbia University Press, [2003]


Location Call No. Status
Physical description 1 online resource (vi, 678 pages) : illustrations
Series Books at JSTOR Evidence Based Acquisitions
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Stratigraphy and depositional history of the Lothagam sequence / Craig S. Feibel -- Miocene and Pliocene paleosols of Lothagam / Jonathan G. Wynn -- Numerical age control for the Miocene-Pliocene succession at Lothagam, a hominoid-bearing sequence in the northern Kenya Rift / Ian McDougall and Craig S. Feibel -- Fossil crabs (Crustacea, Decapoda, Brachyura) from Lothagam / Joel W. Martin and Sandra Trautwein -- Fossil fish remains from Mio-Pliocene deposits at Lothagam, Kenya / Kathlyn M. Stewart -- Fossil turtles from Lothagam / Roger C. Wood -- Late Miocene-early Pliocene crocodilian fauna of Lothagam, southwest Turkana Basin, Kenya / Glenn W. Storrs -- Lothagam birds / John M. Harris and Meave G. Leakey -- Rodents and lagomorphs from the Miocene and Pliocene of Lothagam, northern Kenya / Alisa J. Winkler -- Cercopithecidae from Lothagam / Meave G. Leakey, Mark F. Teaford and Carol V. Ward -- The Lothagam hominids / Meave G. Leakey and Alan C. Walker -- Mio-Pliocene Carnivora from Lothagam, Kenya / Lars Werdelin -- Elephantoidea from Lothagam / Pascal Tassy -- Deinotheres from the Lothagam succession / John M. Harris -- Fossil aardvarks from the Lothagam beds / Simon A.H. Milledge -- Lothagam Rhinocerotidae / John M. Harris and Meave G. Leakey -- Systematics and evolutionary biology of the late Miocene and early Pliocene hipparionine equids from Lothagam, Kenya / Raymond L. Bernor and John M. Harris -- Fossil Hippopotamidae from Lothagam / Eleanor M. Weston -- Lothagam Suidae / John M. Harris and Meave G. Leakey -- Lothagam giraffids / John M. Harris -- Bovidae from the Lothagam succession / John M. Harris -- Stable isotope ecology of northern Kenya, with emphasis on the Turkana Basin / Thure E. Cerling [and others] -- Isotope paleoecology of the Nawata and Nachukui formations at Lothagam, Turkana Basin, Kenya / Thure E. Cerling, John M. Harris and Meave G. Leakey -- Lothagam : its significance and contributions / Meave G. Leakey and John M. Harris -- Appendix : Notes on the reconstructions of fossil vertebrates from Lothagam / Mauricio Antón.
Summary Located at the southwest corner of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya, Lothagam represents one of the most important intervals in African prehistory. Early human remains are restricted in distribution to Africa and the acquisition of an upright bipedal striding gait, the hallmark of humanity, appears to be at least circumstantially linked to the reduction of equatorial forests and the spread of grasslands on that continent. The diverse Lothagam fauna documents the end-Miocene transition from forested to more open habitats that were exploited by grazing horses and antelopes, hippos, giant pigs, and true elephants. It also includes spectacularly complete fossil carnivore skeletons and some of the oldest human remains.
Language notes In English.
Other author Leakey, Meave G., editor.
Harris, John Michael, editor.
JSTOR issuing body.
Subject Vertebrates, Fossil -- Kenya -- Lothagam Site.
Paleontology -- Miocene.
Animals, Fossil -- Kenya -- Lothagam Site.
Lothagam Site (Kenya)
Electronic books.
Electronic books.
ISBN 0231507607 (electronic book)
9780231507608 (electronic book)
0231118708 (cloth)
9780231118705 (cloth)
0231118716 (paperback)
9780231118712 (paperback)
Standard Number 10.7312/leak11870