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Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context

Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment

Harrison, Terry (Ed.)

2011, XIV, 402 p.

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  • This volume is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the important fossil hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. Provides a compendium of research papers dealing with the geology, geochronology, paleoecology, taphonomy and paleobotany. Presents new information on the modern-day Serengeti ecosystem to help provide baseline data for modeling Laetoli during the Pliocene.
This volume 1 and its companion volume 2 present the results of new investigations into the geology, paleontology and paleoecology of the early hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. The site is one of the most important paleontological and paleoanthropological sites in Africa, worldrenowned for the discovery of fossils of the early hominin Australopithecus afarensis, as well as remarkable trails of its footprints. The first volume provides new evidence on the geology, geochronology, ecology, ecomorphology and taphonomy of the site. The second volume describes newly discovered fossil hominins from Laetoli, belonging to Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus aethiopicus, and presents detailed information on the systematics and paleobiology of the diverse associated fauna. Together, these contributions provide one of the most comprehensive accounts of a fossil hominin site, and they offer important new insights into the early stages of human evolution and its context.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Evolution - Geology - Hominins - Paleoecology - Vertebrate Paleontology

Related subjects » Animal Sciences - Ecology - Evolutionary & Developmental Biology - Geology

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