Paleontology and Geology of Laetoli: Human Evolution in Context

Volume 2: Fossil Hominins and the Associated Fauna

  • Terry¬†Harrison

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Christiane Denys
    Pages 15-53
  3. Alisa J. Winkler
    Pages 67-74
  4. Terry Harrison
    Pages 75-81
  5. Terry Harrison
    Pages 83-139
  6. Lars Werdelin, Reihaneh Dehghani
    Pages 189-232
  7. William J. Sanders
    Pages 233-262
  8. Terry Harrison
    Pages 263-274
  9. Elina Hernesniemi, Ioannis X. Giaourtsakis, Alistair R. Evans, Mikael Fortelius
    Pages 275-294
  10. Miranda Armour-Chelu, Raymond L. Bernor
    Pages 295-326
  11. Laura C. Bishop
    Pages 327-337
  12. Chris A. Robinson
    Pages 339-362
  13. Alan W. Gentry
    Pages 363-465
  14. Jean-Claude Rage, Salvador Bailon
    Pages 467-478
  15. Terry Harrison
    Pages 479-503
  16. Antoine Louchart
    Pages 505-533
  17. Frank-T. Krell, Wolfgang Schawaller
    Pages 535-548
  18. Ian J. Kitching, S. Sadler
    Pages 549-554
  19. Peter Tattersfield
    Pages 567-587
  20. Back Matter
    Pages 589-600

About this book


This volume 2 and its companion volume 1 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.


Evolution Geology Hominins Paleoecology Vertebrate Paleontology

Editors and affiliations

  • Terry¬†Harrison
    • 1
  1. 1.Center for the Study of Human Origins Department of AnthropologyNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 2011
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Earth and Environmental Science
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-9961-7
  • Online ISBN 978-90-481-9962-4
  • Series Print ISSN 1877-9077
  • Series Online ISSN 1877-9085
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