Ethiopia

Just out | Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution

Just out @ Journal of Mammalian Evolution Newly Discovered Crania of Nyanzachoerus jaegeri (Tetraconodontinae, Suidae, Mammalia) from the Woranso-Mille (Ethiopia) and Reappraisal of Its Generic Status Author(s) Hailay G. Reda, Ignacio A. Lazagabaster, Yohannes Haile-Selassie Abstract: Suids are among the most common mammalian groups in the Plio-Pleistocene vertebrate fossil record of Africa and the most studied largely due to their significance as biochronological indicators. However, despite their abundance in the fossil record, the remains are mostly isolated teeth

On the News | Teeth tell tale of hippo’s quick spread across Africa @ Nature News

On the News @ Nature News Title:  Teeth tell tale of hippo’s quick spread across Africa Traci Watson Excerpt: “Quick, huge and deadly, the common hippo is the king of Africa’s rivers. Now fossils suggest that hippos assumed power swiftly and that changes in vegetation helped to propel their rise. An analysis of hippo teeth excavated at an Ethiopian fossil site suggests that the hippo went from bit player to boss

Just out | Basal hippopotamines from the upper Miocene of Chorora, Ethiopia @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Basal hippopotamines from the upper Miocene of Chorora, Ethiopia Author(s) Jean-Renaud Boisserie, Gen Suwa, Berhane Asfaw, Fabrice Lihoreau, Raymond L. Bernor, Shigehiro Katoh & Yonas Beyene Abstract: The Hippopotamidae have been a major component of the African wetland fauna for the last 7 million years, following the ‘Hippopotamine Event,’ i.e., the sudden emergence in the fossil record of the subfamily Hippopotaminae, including both extant species.

Just out | Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis @ PNAS

Just out @ PNAS Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis Author(s) Carol V. Ward, Thierra K. Nalley, Fred Spoor, Paul Tafforeau, and Zeresenay Alemseged Abstract: The evolution of the human pattern of axial segmentation has been the focus of considerable discussion in paleoanthropology. Although several complete lumbar vertebral columns are known for early hominins, to date, no complete cervical or thoracic series has been recovered. Several partial skeletons

On the News | Ethiopia | Fósil de 3 millones de años revela origen de la columna vertebral en humanos @ W Radio

On the News @ W Radio Title:  Fósil de 3 millones de años revela origen de la columna vertebral en humanos Excerpt: “Un esqueleto fósil de 3,3 millones de años ha dado a los científicos la clave para establecer que varios millones de años antes de lo pensado el ser humano había desarrollado ya partes de la columna vertebral que le permitían movimientos para caminar de manera eficiente. El fósil conocido

Just out | Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis @ PNAS

Just out @ PNAS Thoracic vertebral count and thoracolumbar transition in Australopithecus afarensis Author(s) Carol V. Ward, Thierra K. Nalley, Fred Spoor, Paul Tafforeau, and Zeresenay Alemseged Abstract: The evolution of the human pattern of axial segmentation has been the focus of considerable discussion in paleoanthropology. Although several complete lumbar vertebral columns are known for early hominins, to date, no complete cervical or thoracic series has been recovered. Several partial skeletons

Just out | Late Pliocene environmental change during the transition from Australopithecus to Homo @ Nature Ecology & Evolution

Just out @ Nature Ecology & Evolution Late Pliocene environmental change during the transition from Australopithecus to Homo Author(s) Joshua R. Robinson, John Rowan, Christopher J. Campisano, Jonathan G. Wynn & Kaye E. Reed Abstract: It has long been hypothesized that the transition from Australopithecus to Homo in eastern Africa was linked to the spread of open and arid environments near the Plio−Pleistocene boundary, but data for the latest Pliocene are

Just out | Biogeographic implications of fossil fishes from the Awash River, Ethiopia @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology

Just out @ Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology Title:  Biogeographic implications of fossil fishes from the Awash River, Ethiopia Author(s) Kathlyn M. Stewart & Alison M. Murray Abstract: The late Miocene and Pliocene Middle Awash fish fauna is one of the earliest known Neogene fish faunas in eastern Africa and is the earliest known from the Horn of Africa. The fauna was recovered as part of the Middle Awash research project, which