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Introduction

W. Henry Gilbert

in Homo erectus

Published by University of California Press

Published in print April 2009 | ISBN: 9780520251205
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933774 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520251205.003.0001
Introduction

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This book describes the importance of the Dakanihylo (Daka) Member of the Bouri Formation in the Afir Rift to African Pleistocene studies. The Daka Member has preserved a very rich array of fossil mammals (750 collected specimens), including several Homo erectus specimens. The richness, stratigraphic integrity, and temporal placement of Ethiopia's Daka Member make it key to exploring the development of the Afar Rift, African Pleistocene fauna, and our own evolution. The book presents detailed descriptions and interpretations of the hominids and the non-hominid fauna collected in the Daka Member, provides background information on stratigraphy and methodology necessary to understand these interpretations, and summarizes the overall importance of this material in the context of African Pleistocene paleontology.

Keywords: Dakanihylo; Daka Member; Bouri Formation; Afir Rift; African Pleistocene; fossil mammals; Homo erectus; hominids

Chapter.  3889 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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