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Hominin Environments in the East African Pliocene

An Assessment of the Faunal Evidence

Bobe, René, Alemseged, Zeresenay, Behrensmeyer, Anna K. (Eds.)

2007, XX, 355 p.

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  • Synthesizes large amounts of faunal data
  • Presents the evolution of East African vertebrates in the context of environmental and climatic changes during the Pliocene
Hominin fossils are few and fragmentary com- Evidence,” provided the organizing framework pared with the abundant and well-preserved for this volume. The Smithsonian “Workshop remains of mammals that inhabited Africa over on Faunal Evidence for Hominin Paleoeco- the last seven million years. This mammalian gy” expanded on the discussions initiated at the record has been assembled from many decades symposium with a broader chronological (late of intensive ? eld and museum work and con- Cenozoic) and geographic (Africa and E- tributes critical evidence about the evolution- asia) framework. The Smithsonian workshop ary and ecological context of human evolution. brought together 44 scientists and students With continued collecting, analysis of paleoen- from Africa, Europe, and North America to vironmental information, and efforts to orga- inspire increased exchange of data and ideas, nize the information into accessible databases, promote greater standardization and accessib- the mammalian fossil record is providing more ity of faunal data, and lay the groundwork for comprehensive information on faunal change future collaborations and comparative research through time, regional variability, accessible on patterns of faunal change in the context of levels of temporal resolution, and the impact hominin evolution (Figure 1 (Photo)). of taphonomic and other sampling biases.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » African - Evolution - Hominin - Palaeoecology - Paleoecology - Pliocene - Taphonomy - human evolution - paleoenvironmental

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Anthropology & Archaeology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

Table of contents 

1. Approaches to the analysis of faunal change during the East African Pliocene Anna K. Behrensmeyer, René Bobe, Zeresenay Alemseged 2. Environmental hypotheses of Pliocene human evolution Richard Potts 3. African Pliocene and Pleistocene cercopithecid evolution and global climatic change Stephen R. Frost 4. Patterns of change in the Plio-Pleistocene carnivorans of eastern Africa: implications for hominin evolution Margaret E. Lewis, Lars Werdelin 5. Stratigraphic variation in Suidae from the Shungura Formation and some coeval deposits H.B.S. Cooke 6. Patterns of abundance and diversity in late Cenozoic bovids from the Turkana and Hadar Basins, Kenya and Ethiopia René Bobe, Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Gerald G. Eck, John M. Harris 7. Comparability of fossil data and its significance for the interpretation of hominin envrironments: a case study in the lower Omo Valley, Ethiopia Zeresenay Alemseged, René Bobe, Denis Geraads 8. The effects of collection strategy and effort on faunal recovery: a case study of the American and French collections from the Shungura Formation, Ethiopia Gerald G. Eck 9. Serengeti micromammals and their implications for Olduvai paleoenvironments Denné N. Reed 10. Taphonomy and paleoecological context of the Upper Laetolil Beds (Localities 8 and 9), Laetoli in northern Tanzania Charles Musiba, Cassian Magori, Melissa Stoller, Tamara Stein, Scott Branting, Mike Vogt, Russell Tuttle, Benedikt Hallgrímsson, Saidi Killindo, Ferdinand Mizambwa, Felix Ndunguru, Audax Mabulla 11. The paleoecology of the Upper Laetolil Beds at Laetoli: a reconsideration of the large mammal evidence Denise Su, Terry Harrison 12. Fauna, taphonomy and ecology of the Plio-Pleistocene Chiwondo Beds,Northern Malawi Oliver Sandrock, Ottmar Kullmer, Friedemann Schrenk, Y. M. Juwayeyi, Tim Bromage Finale and future: investigating faunal evidence for hominin paleoecology in East Africa Anna K. Behrensmeyer, Zeresenay Alemseged, René Bobe

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