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Giraffi dae

Yohannes Haile-Selassie

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/9780520254404.003.0012
Giraffi dae

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This chapter describes the giraffid remains in the Middle Awash late Miocene deposits. The family Giraffidae is represented by two modern genera (Okapia and Giraffa) in Africa. Giraffids first appear in Africa south of the Sahara sometime toward the end of the middle Miocene. During the late Miocene, however, giraffines, which were also abundant in western Eurasia, dominated the giraffid community of eastern Africa.

Keywords: giraffid; Middle Awash; Giraffidae; Okapia; Giraffa; giraffines

Chapter.  2630 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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