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Logatham Hill, an excavation site at the southwest corner of Lake Turkana in Kenya, contains the world's most significant remains from the Savanna grasslands of Africa, which came into being in the late Cenozoic era. With more than 300 illustrations, this collection of essays by acknowledged experts provides the definitive account of the geology and dating of the site, along with detailed descriptions of the immense diversity of vertebrate fossils.
Introduction, by Meave G. LeakeyGeology, Paleosols, and Dating, by Craig S. Feibel, Jonathan G. Wynn, and Ian McDougallCrustacea and Pisces, by Joel W. Martin, Sandra Trautwein, and Kathlyn M. StewartReptilia and Aves, by Roger C. Wood, Glenn W. Storrs, John M. Harris, and Meave G. LeakeyLagomorpha and Rodentia, by Alisa J. WinklerPrimates, by Meave G. Leakey, Mark F. Teaford, Carol V. Ward, and Alan C. WalkerCarnivora, by Lars WerdelinProboscidea and Tubulidentata, by Pascal Tassy, John M. Harris, and Simon A. H. MilledgePerissodactyla, by John M. Harris, Meave G. Leakey, and Raymond L. BernorHippopotamidae and Suidae, by Eleanor M. Weston, John M. Harris, and Meave G. LeakeyRuminantia, by John M. HarrisIsotopes, by Thure E. Cerling, John M. Harris, Meave G. Leakey, and Nina MudidaLothagam: Its Significance and Contributions, by Meave G. Leakey and John M. Harris
John Harris is chief curator of the George C. Page Museum in Los Angeles, California. Meave Leakey is a professor, in the Department of Paleontology at the National Museums of Kenya and has recently made headlines as the leader of a team that discovered the new genus of hominid, Kenyanthropus platyops, that dates from 3.2 to 3.5 million years ago.
This well-organized, well-written treatise provides an important resource, both for raw data and its interpretation... The quality of the work described in this volume is top notch, and the data presented will be an important resource for paleontologists for years to come... Lothagam: The Dawn of Humanity in Eastern Africa is destined to become a classic. -- Peter Ungar, University of Arkansas The Quarterly Review of Biology Excellent editors' summary of fauna, environments, and comparisons with contemporaneous assemblages across Africa and Eurasia; beautiful and scholarly reconstructions of individual species and landscapes. Choice This volume elevates Lothagam to the high status it deserves as a detailed window...I recommend this book to anyone interested in continental records from this time. -- Catherine Badgley Journal of Paleontology Meave Leakey and co-author John Harris have edited and written a magnificent multiauthored, paleontological study... A wonderful window onto this important time. -- Gil Hermann Fossil News 7/1/05