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Conclusions

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/9780520254404.003.0020
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This concluding chapter summarizes the importance of the Middle Awash late Miocene faunal assemblages in terms of their contribution toward our understanding of the diversity, evolutionary history, and evolutionary tempo and mode of eastern African late Miocene mammals. It also summarizes the results from the paleoenvironmental and paleobiogeographic analyses in relation to regional and global climatic changes and their impact on the speciation and extinction of various mammalian taxa and the formation of the modern African mammalian fauna. Finally, it addresses future plans for continued paleontological work on the late Miocene of the Middle Awash paleontological study area, highlighting the significance of the site and the need for a long-term maintenance and protection program.

Keywords: Middle Awash; Miocene; mammals; speciation; extinction; mammalian fauna

Chapter.  3739 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Evolutionary Biology

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