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Introduction

Yohannes Haile-Selassie and Giday Woldegabriel

in Ardipithecus kadabba

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9780520254404
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520942509 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520254404.003.0001
Introduction

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This book addresses the geology, geochronology, paleontology, paleogeography, paleobiochronology, and paleoecology of the Middle Awash late Miocene. It synthesizes vertebrate evolution in eastern Africa during the end of the Miocene epoch, a time during which the modern African fauna started forming. The Middle Awash valley of Ethiopia is a unique natural laboratory for the study of human origins and evolution. This introductory chapter provides a historical overview of the Middle Awash research project, which was formed to conduct geological, paleoanthropological, and archaeological reconnaissance surveys in the area.

Keywords: geology; geochronology; paleontology; paleogeography; paleobiochronology; paleoecology; Middle Awash; late Miocene; Ethiopia

Chapter.  8465 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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