This monograph presents the results of over 10 years of paleontological and geological survey in the Baynunah Formation of the United Arab Emirates. Exposed widely in western Abu Dhabi Emirate, the Baynunah Formation and its fossils provide the only record of terrestrial environments and evolution in the Arabian Peninsula during the late Miocene epoch (12-5 Ma).
Sands of Time describes new fossils collected since 2002, presented systematically by taxon, and including mammals, reptiles, and invertebrates, as well as fossil trackways. The discoveries are framed within the results of new geological, geochemical, and geochronological analyses, providing an updated and synthetic view of the age, environments, and biogeographic relationships of this important fossil assemblage.
Faysal Bibi is a Senior Scientist at the Museum für Naturkunde, Leibniz Institute for Evolution and Biodiversity Science, in Berlin. Brian Kraatz is an Associate Professor of Anatomy at Western University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine of the Pacific. Mark Jonathan Beech is Head of Archaeology: Al Dhafra & Abu Dhabi in the Historic Environment Department at the Department of Culture and Tourism in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Andrew Hill was J. Clayton Stephenson Professor of Anthropology, Curator and Head of the Division of Anthropology, and Curator of Vertebrate Paleontology in the Peabody Museum at Yale University.