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Paleoenvironment

Denise F. Su, Stanley H. Ambrose, David Degusta and 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/9780520254404.003.0017
Paleoenvironment

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This chapter considers the paleoenvironment of the Middle Awash study area in the Afar Rift of Ethiopia. Different aspects of the large mammalian faunal communities from the Asa Koma and Kuseralee Members are examined. The chapter examines the community structure based on locomotor and dietary variables, relative abundances of indicator taxa, and ecomorphology. Independent verification of the results based on large mammalian fauna have been derived from fish, bird, and small mammal faunas and from geological and stable isotopic data.

Keywords: paleoenvironment; Middle Awash; Afar Rift; locomotor; ecomorphology; mammalian fauna; small mammals

Chapter.  9773 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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