Koobi Fora: Researches into Geology, Paleontology, and Human Origins
Series Editor: Richard Leakey

​Volume 6: The Fossil Monkeys
Edited by Nina G. Jablonski and Meave G. Leakey

Koobi Fora Research Project: Volume 6: The Fossil Monkeys

The sixth volume in the Koobi Fora Research Project monograph series, The Fossil Monkeys describes the non-human primate collection of fossils recovered from the Omo-Turkana Basin. The extensive collection of monkey fossils represents eight genera of small and large colobines and cercopithecines, including Colobus, Rhinocolobus, Cercopithecoides, Paracolobus, Cercopithecus, Lophocebus, Parapapio, and Theropithecus.

This publication presents a complete systematic paleontology of the Koobi Fora Cercopithecoidea up to and including collections from the 2004 field season. In addition, the volume includes discussion of natural language descriptions and keys, ecomorphological implications of molar shape and microwear, geological background, and the importance of Cercopithecoidea in the context of primate and mammalian evolution. The Fossil Monkeys is well illustrated with more than 200 figures - multiple views of key fossils and species reconstructions by Mauricio Antón of Rhinocolobus turkanaensisCercopithecoides williamsi, and Theropithecus oswaldi, as well as interpretive graphs. Nearly 85 tables provide detailed measurement data to complement the text, while the Appendix includes an exhaustive compilation of all available measurement data for the Koobi Fora fossil monkeys to date. Contributions to this book have been made by Nina G. Jablonski, Meave G. Leakey, Carol V. Ward, Mauricio Antón, George Chaplin, Mark F. Teaford, Richard F. Kay, Peter S. Ungar, and Patrick Gathogo.

This publication includes an electronic (DVD) copy with the hardcover book. The electronic version includes the full text of the publication, complete specimen measurement tables, and almost 1,000 color images of the monkey fossils.

Established in 1968, the Koobi Fora Research Project now operates under the coordination of the Turkana Basin Institute, a collaborative arrangement between Stony Brook University, New York, and the National Museums of Kenya.

Koobi Fora Research Project: Volume 6 was published by the California Academy of Sciences, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, California, 2008. 469 pages. ISBN 0-940228-73-4. The California Academy of Sciences also published Koobi Fora Research Project: Volume 7: The Carnivora.

List of Figures
List of Tables
List of Specimens
1. Introduction
    Nina G. Jablonski and Meave G. Leakey
2. Systematic Paleontology of the Small Colobines
    Nina G. Jablonski and Meave G. Leakey
3. Systematic Paleontology of the Large Colobines
    Nina G. Jablonski, Meave G. Leakey, Carol V. Ward, and Mauricio Antón
4. Systematic Paleontology of the Cercopithecines
    Nina G. Jablonski, Meave G. Leakey, and Mauricio Antón
5. Natural Language Descriptions and Keys of the Koobi Fora Monkey Fossil Species Using Delta
    Nina G. Jablonski and George Chaplin
6. Molar Shape and Molar Microwear in the Koobi Fora Monkeys: Ecomorphological Implications
    Mark F. Teaford, Richard F. Kay, and Peter S. Ungar
7. Geological Background and Cercopithecoid Faunal Assemblages
    Meave G. Leakey, Patrick Gathogo, and Nina G. Jablonski
8. The Importance of the Cercopithecoidea from the Koobi Fora Formation in the Context of Primate and Mammalian Evolution
    Nina G. Jablonski and Meave G. Leakey
Appendix: Specimen Measurement Tables



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