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Rare Taxa

W. Henry Gilbert and Thomas Stidham

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/9780520251205.003.0012
Rare Taxa

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This chapter examines specimen samples of micromammals and birds preserved in the Daka Member. One fossil from the Daka Member does not belong to any of the previously described taxa from the Pleistocene of Ethiopia. It is possibly a taxon within Order Ciconiiformes, which is composed of large wading birds, including herons, egrets, and storks. Two other specimens are identified, a cranium of the murid Arvicanthis, the unstriped grass mouse or grass rat, and a preserved cranium from the catfish order, Siluriformes.

Keywords: micromammals; birds; Daka Member; Ciconiiformes; Arvicanthis; Siluriformes

Chapter.  1105 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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