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Harrison, Terry (Herausgeber)

Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context Volume 1: Geology, Geochronology, Paleoecology and Paleoenvironment (Gebundene Ausgabe)

Springer Netherlands, Springer Netherland, Januar 2011

2011. - 416 S. - Sprache: Englisch - 289x222x30 mm Book

ISBN: 9048199557 EAN: 9789048199556

This volume 1 and its companion volume 2 present the results of new investigations into the geology, paleontology and paleoecology of the early hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania. The site is one of the most important paleontological and paleoanthropological sites in Africa, worldrenowned for the discovery of fossils of the early hominin Australopithecus afarensis, as well as remarkable trails of its footprints. The first volume provides new evidence on the geology, geochronology, ecology, ecomorphology and taphonomy of the site. The second volume describes newly discovered fossil hominins from Laetoli, belonging to Australopithecus afarensis and Paranthropus aethiopicus, and presents detailed information on the systematics and paleobiology of the diverse associated fauna. Together, these contributions provide one of the most comprehensive accounts of a fossil hominin site, and they offer important new insights into the early stages of human evolution and its context.

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This volume is an authoritative and comprehensive account of the important fossil hominin site of Laetoli in northern Tanzania Provides a compendium of research papers dealing with the geology, geochronology, paleoecology, taphonomy and paleobotany Presents new information on the modern-day Serengeti ecosystem to help provide baseline data for modeling Laetoli during the Pliocene


1 Laetoli revisited: Renewed paleontological and geological investigations at localities on the Eyasi Plateau in northern Tanzania. Terry Harrison 2 Paleontological localities on the Eyasi Plateau, including Laetoli Terry Harrison and Amandus Kweka 3 Sedimentology, lithostratigraphy and depositional history of the Laetoli area Peter Ditchfield and Terry Harrison 4 40Ar/39Ar dating of Laetoli, Tanzania Alan L. Deino 5 Petrology, geochemistry and age of Satiman, Lemagurut and Oldeani: sources of the volcanic deposits of the Laetoli area Godwin. F. Mollel, Carl C. Swisher III, Mark. D. Feigenson and Michael. J. Carr 6 Geochemistry and mineralogy of Laetoli area tuffs: Lower Laetolil through Naibadad Beds Lindsay J. McHenry 7 Geochemical and mineralogic characterization of Middle Stone Age tools of Laetoli, Tanzania, and comparisons with possible source materials Katherine A. Adelsberger, Karl R. Wirth, Audax Z.P. Mabulla and Daniel C. Bowman 8 The ecology and biogeography of the Endulen-Laetoli area in northern Tanzania Peter Andrews, Marion Bamford, Efrem-Fred Njau and Godson Leliyo 9 Phytoliths and pollen, the microscopic plant remains in Pliocene volcanic sediments around Laetoli, Tanzania Lloyd Rossouw and Louis Scott 10 Fossil woods Marion K. Bamford 11 Fossil leaves, fruits and seeds Marion K. Bamford 12 Serengeti micromammal communities and the paleoecology of Laetoli, Tanzania Denné N. Reed 13 The taphonomy and paleoenvironmental implications of the Laetoli micromammals Denné N. Reed and Christiane Denys 14 Coprolites: Taphonomic and paleoecological implications Terry Harrison 15 Stable isotopic analyses of Laetoli fossil herbivores John D. Kingston 16 Feeding ecology and niche partitioning of the Laetoli ungulate faunas Thomas M. Kaiser 17 Paleoenvironments of Laetoli, Tanzania as determined by antelope habitat preferences Laura C. Bishop, Thomas. W. Plummer, Fritz Hertel and Kris Kovarovic 18 Environmental change within the Laetoli fossiliferous sequence: vegetation catenas and bovid ecomorphology Kris Kovarovic and Peter Andrews 19 Large mammal evidence for the paleoenvironment of the Upper Laetolil and Upper Ndolanya Beds of Laetoli, Tanzania Denise F. Su


From the reviews: "Volume 1 begins with a review of the most recent paleontological and geological investigations in the Laetoli area, including a reassessment of the best-known fossil localities; it then sorts through the geology of the region. ... should be in any library with natural history collections. ... provide a critical resource for human evolution studies, and will appeal to geologists, paleontologists, and anthropologists alike. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Academic and professional audiences, all levels." (M. A. Wilson, Choice, Vol. 48 (11), July, 2011) "Harrison has compiled a large number of generally impressive reports stemming from this renewed work at Laetoli into a handsome two-volume set. ... Volume 1 comprises 19 chapters devoted largely to geology, geochronology, paleoecology, and paleoenvironmental reconstruction. ... Harrison is to be congratulated for having assembled an extraordinary team of research collaborators to investigate (or reinvestigate) it to its full extent. ... It will be an indispensible resource for students of African Neogene paleontology, geology, and (especially) paleoanthropology." (Frederick E. Grine, The Quarterly Review of Biology, Vol. 87, March, 2012)

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