Systematics and biogeography of Middle Miocene rodents from the Muruyur Beds, Baringo District, Kenya

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Abstract

Preliminary excavations in western Kenya from the middle Miocene Muruyur Beds, yield a diverse rodent fauna from a poorly documented period of African prehistory. Seven families (?sciurids, pedetids, anomalurids, thryonomyids, diamantomyids, myophiomyids, and cricetodontids) are represented. Faunal composition and the distribution of rodent taxa from the Muruyur Beds show similarities with early and middle Miocene sites in East Africa, Namibia, and Saudi Arabia. Comparison of early and middle Miocene Africa rodent faunas suggests a period of relative faunal stability among rodent taxa during this time. -from Author

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-249
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Vertebrate Paleontology
Volume12
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1992

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