Australian Museum Journal Late Pliocene avifauna from the hominid-bearing Zinjanthropus land surface at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy

Shortform:
Prassack, 2010, Rec. Aust. Mus. 62(1): 185–192
Author(s):
Prassack, Kari A.
Year published:
2010
Title:
Late Pliocene avifauna from the hominid-bearing Zinjanthropus land surface at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. In Proceedings of the VII International Meeting of the Society of Avian Paleontology and Evolution, ed. W.E. Boles and T.H. Worthy
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
62
Issue:
1
Start page:
185
End page:
192
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.62.2010.1541
Language:
English
Date published:
26 May 2010
Cover date:
26 May 2010
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Subjects:
AVES; PALAEONTOLOGY; PLIOCENE, LATE
Reference number:
1541
Comments:
Blumenschine, Robert J., removed as author by Prassack email 31.3.2010
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Complete work (266kb PDF)

Abstract

Taxonomic and taphonomic data on 236 fossil bird bone specimens are applied to paleolandscape models and reconstructions developed by the Olduvai Landscape Paleoanthropology Project (OLAPP) for Late Pliocene (1.84 Ma) hominid bearing deposits in the FLK Complex at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Shorebirds dominate the avifauna but the occurrence and densities of different avian ecotypes vary across the landscape in ways that corroborate OLAPP reconstructions of wetland, peninsular and riverine landscape facets in this area of the paleo-Lake Olduvai Basin. Taphonomic profiles are based on observations of modern bird bone in similar environments of Tanzania. The taphonomy suggests habitat patchiness within these delineated landscape facets. Results support the use of fossil bird assemblages, even small assemblages thereof, for aiding in and refining paleoenvironmental reconstructions.

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