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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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Small Mammals

Small Mammals

(p.104) (p.105) 5 Small Mammals
Ardipithecus kadabba

Henry B. Wesselman

Michael T. Black

Mesfin Asnake

University of California Press

This chapter discusses the systematics and paleoecology of the small mammals recovered in fossiliferous localities of the Adu-Asa Formation. The micromammalian fauna from the late Miocene of the Middle Awash is diverse and documents at least 16 taxa in eight families. The chapter also includes important new fossils from the Haradaso Member of the Sagantole Formation belonging to Alilepus, Tachyoryctes, and Thryonomys. These remains, dated to approximately 4.85 Ma, are important additions to earliest Pliocene small mammal faunas.

Keywords:   paleoecology, small mammals, Adu-Asa Formation, micromammalian fauna, Middle Awash, Sagantole Formation, Alilepus, Tachyoryctes, Thryonomys

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