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Ardipithecus kadabbaLate Miocene Evidence from the Middle Awash, Ethiopia$
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Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780520254404

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520254404.001.0001

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(p.521) 17 Paleoenvironment
Ardipithecus kadabba

Denise F. Su

Stanley H. Ambrose

David Degusta

Yohannes Haile-Selassie

University of California Press

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

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