Ptolemaia from West Turkana, Kenya

Ellen R. Miller, D. Tab Rasmussen, John Kappelman, Anthony R. Friscia, Samuel N. Muteti, Mercedes Gutierrez

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New fossil material assigned to Ptolemaia cf. grangeri (Mammalia: Ptolemaida) from the late Oligocene site of Nakwai, West Turkana, Kenya, is described and discussed. Recovery of these specimens represents the first record of Ptolemaia from sub-Saharan Africa, and extends the known geographic range of members in this genus southward by about 3,000 km. The Nakwai collection is comprised of two maxillary fragments, a partial mandible with p3 and p4, and an edentulous jaw preserving alveoli for p2-m3. Results from comparisons involving the new material support previous work highlighting convergent similarities between members of Ptolemaia and aardvarks.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)81-88
Number of pages8
JournalBulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1 2015
Externally publishedYes

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  • Africa
  • Afrotheria
  • Kenya
  • Mammals
  • Neogene
  • Paleogene


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