Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology

Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context

Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna

Editors: Harrison, Terry (Ed.)

  • Covers the morphology, systematics and paleobiology of the fossil hominins and the associated fauna of Laetoli
  • Includes detailed systematic accounts of the associated invertebrate and vertebrate fauna
  • Provides broader understanding of faunal diversity and ecological change in East Africa during the Pliocene
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This volume 2 and its companion volume 1 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.

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From the reviews:

“Harrison has compiled a large number of generally impressive reports stemming from this renewed work at Laetoli into a handsome two-volume set. … Volume 2 entails 22 chapters that present the variety of animals found with the hominins. … 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 (22 chapters)

  • Introduction: The Laetoli Hominins and Associated Fauna

    Harrison, Terry

    Pages 1-14

  • Rodents

    Denys, Christiane

    Pages 15-53

  • The Lower Third Premolar of Serengetilagus praecapensis (Mammalia: Lagomorpha: Leporidae) from Laetoli, Tanzania

    Winkler, Alisa J. (et al.)

    Pages 55-66

  • Macroscelidea

    Winkler, Alisa J.

    Pages 67-74

  • Galagidae (Lorisoidea, Primates)

    Harrison, Terry

    Pages 75-81

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context
Book Subtitle
Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna
Editors
  • Terry Harrison
Series Title
Vertebrate Paleobiology and Paleoanthropology
Copyright
2011
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media B.V.
eBook ISBN
978-90-481-9962-4
DOI
10.1007/978-90-481-9962-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-90-481-9961-7
Softcover ISBN
978-94-007-3508-8
Series ISSN
1877-9077
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIV, 602
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