Miocene Paleosols and Ape Habitats of Pakistan and Kenya

Miocene Paleosols and Ape Habitats of Pakistan and Kenya

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In this book, the habitats of our apelike ancestors of the Miocene epoch - some 7 to 20 million years ago - are re-examined from the perspective of knowledge yielded by the buried fossil soils in which they have been found. Fossilized soils, or palaeosols, are distinctive layers within a sedimentary or volcanic sequence, and they also can be clues to former ecosystems and other aspects of palaeoenvironments. Here the author characterizes in detail some 20 kinds of palaeosols from the Kenyan and Pakistani localities for the tryopithicane and ramapithicine apes made famous by L.S.B. Leakey and D.R. Pilbeam. The extensive evidence cited allows for the reassessment of vegetation and landscape features of ancient tropical sites that are the source of much of what is known about our remote Miocene ancestors. The text also provides a basis for understanding palaeosols formed in all tropical climates and alluvial settings, and offers a model for future research on human evolution and major events in the geological history of soils. It is a valuable resource for palaeontologists, anthropologists, and soil scientists.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 346 pages
  • 180 x 250 x 31.75mm | 939g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • halftones, line drawings, tables
  • 0195060024
  • 9780195060027

Table of contents

Introduction; Features of the fossil soils; Burial alteration of the fossil soils; Early to middle Miocene fossil soils of Southweastern Kenya; Late Miocene fossil soils of Northeastern Pakistan; Reconstructed life and landscapes of the old world tropics.
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