Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context

Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment

Editors: Harrison, Terry (Ed.)

  • 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.

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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.

Reviews

From the reviews:

“Volume 1 begins with a review of the most recent paleontological and geological investigations in the Laetoli area, including a reassessment of the best-known fossil localities; it then sorts through the geology of the region. … should be in any library with natural history collections. … provide a critical resource for human evolution studies, and will appeal to geologists, paleontologists, and anthropologists alike. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and professional audiences, all levels.” (M. A. Wilson, Choice, Vol. 48 (11), July, 2011)

“Harrison has compiled a large number of generally impressive reports stemming from this renewed work at Laetoli into a handsome two-volume set. … Volume 1 comprises 19 chapters devoted largely to geology, geochronology, paleoecology, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. … Harrison is to be congratulated for having assembled an extraordinary team of research collaborators to investigate (or reinvestigate) it to its full extent. … It will be an indispensible resource for students of African Neogene paleontology, geology, and (especially) paleoanthropology.” (Frederick E. Grine, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 87, March, 2012)


Table of contents (19 chapters)

  • Laetoli Revisited: Renewed Paleontological and Geological Investigations at Localities on the Eyasi Plateau in Northern Tanzania

    Harrison, Terry

    Pages 1-15

  • Paleontological Localities on the Eyasi Plateau, Including Laetoli

    Harrison, Terry (et al.)

    Pages 17-45

  • Sedimentology, Lithostratigraphy and Depositional History of the Laetoli Area

    Ditchfield, Peter (et al.)

    Pages 47-76

  • 40Ar/39Ar Dating of Laetoli, Tanzania

    Deino, Alan L.

    Pages 77-97

  • Petrology, Geochemistry and Age of Satiman, Lemagurut and Oldeani: Sources of the Volcanic Deposits of the Laetoli Area

    Mollel, Godwin F. (et al.)

    Pages 99-119

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  • ISBN 978-94-007-3507-1
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context
Book Subtitle
Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment
Editors
  • Terry Harrison
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9956-3
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9956-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9955-6
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3507-1
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 402
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