Putting Proconsul in its place: results of new excavations on Rusinga Island, Kenya

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Putting Proconsul in its place: results of new excavations on Rusinga Island, Kenya

Putting Proconsul in its place: results of new excavations on Rusinga Island, Kenya - Kieran McNulty, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota

Monday, October 1, 2012
4:00pm-5:30pm
317 Silsby Hall
Intended Audience(s): Public
Categories: Lectures & Seminars
Much of our understanding of early ape evolution comes from fossils discovered on Rusinga Island, Kenya. A century of research there has produced tens of thousands of fossils, representing more than one hundred species of mammals, reptiles, invertebrates, and plants, and including copious remains of the early ape Proconsul. Despite this wealth of paleoecological information, almost every aspect of Proconsul's paleobiology is still hotly debated: what were its habitat preferences? how long ago did Proconsul live? how many species were there? how is it related to other primates? This talk will begin answering some of those questions using results from fieldwork carried out on Rusinga over the last six years. Sponsored by the Robert A. 1925 and Catherine L. McKennan Fund for Anthropology
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For more information, contact:
Therese Perin-Deville
603-646-3256

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