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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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Ardipithecus kadabba

Yohannes Haile-Selassie

Giday Woldegabriel

University of California Press

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

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