Darch, Colin (Ed)


Book ID 63

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Darch, Colin (Ed) Tanzania, 1996
Extract Author: Geertsema, Aadje
Page Number: 28
Extract Date: 1991 Feb

The servals of Gorigor

Natural History pp52-61

The serval is a medium-sized member of the cat family with a spotted coat, long legs and very large ears, which it uses to locate the soft noises made by prey such as hares, rodents annd small antelope,as well as birds. Serval are rarely seen, as they inhabit the long grasslands, where they supplement their diet with insects, and even fruit and plants. They have a home range of around ten square kilometres, and hunt by stalking their prey with exaggerated care, using their sharp hearing and pouncing at the last minute. The servals thrive in the grasslands and marshes of the Ngorongoro crater.

Extract ID: 263

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Darch, Colin (Ed) Tanzania, 1996
Extract Author: Edited by Mary Douglas Leakey, John Michael Harris.
Page Number: 44 item 122
Extract Date: 1987

Laetoli: a Pliocene site in northern Tanzania.

Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1987. 561p. bibliog. plans.

This monograph is a lavish description of work carried out from 1974 to 1981 at one of the richest hominid sites in Africa, in northern Tanzania, at a place named after a local Maasai word for the lily. The book also contains a strong attack on the idea of a species named Australopithecus afarensis, proposed by Donald Johanson and others after the discovery of the 'Lucy' remains in Ethiopia in 1977. Mary Leakey first excavated at Laetoli in 1935 with the late Louis Leakey, but nobody realized for over forty years that this site was actually both richer and older than Olduvai and it was only in the mid-1970s that Mary Leakey returned to Laetoli to begin serious and systematic work. The Laetoli layers are in fact around 3.5 to 3.7 million years old, and include the famous footprints left, probably, by a man, a woman and a child strolling across an area of damp ash for a few moments, with a human gait. This comprehensive book covers the whole Laetoli succession in a wide range of disciplines, and brings together work from thirty-three contributors in fourteen carefully and systematically written chapters.

Unfortunately, T. D. White's descriptions of the hominid remains do not appear in this book, for reasons explained by M. Leakey in chapter 5. For White's most recent contribution on the footprints, see Tim D. White and Gen Suwa, 'Hominid footprints at Laetoli: facts and interpretations' (American Journal of Physical Anthropology, vol. 72 [April 1987], p. 485-514. bibliog.), dealing with the fossil footprints of the Australopithecines.

Extract ID: 3279