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dc.contributor.authorIminjili, Victor Mahindu
dc.date.accessioned2014-03-04T20:27:10Z
dc.date.available2014-03-04T20:27:10Z
dc.date.issued2012-05
dc.identifier.otheriminjili_victor_m_201205_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://purl.galileo.usg.edu/uga_etd/iminjili_victor_m_201205_ma
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10724/27993
dc.description.abstractThe ‘‘Habitat Theory’’ by Elisabeth S. Vrba offers an insightful perspective on the connection between paleoclimate and hominin evolution. However, approaches to test this theory precisely using faunal evidence are lacking. Refined δ13C values offer promising grounds to test this theory. This thesis refines (normalizes and corrects) δ13C values from modern African Great Apes, and demonstrates the efficacy of stable carbon isotope ecology to test postulates of the ‘‘Habitat Theory.’’ The mean for all refined δ13C values is -14.8‰. This reflects a predominantly C3 feeding and forest-adapted lineage. Habitat patterns explain 88% of the variation in refined δ13C values; genus explains 5%; species level explains 51%; and subspecies explains 55% of the variation. Refined δ13C values also show that most populations are significantly different from each other. Tracing δ13C value patterns from fossil fauna promises to provide insights on the connection between paleoclimate and hominin evolution. INDEX WORDS: ‘‘Habitat Theory’’; Paleoclimate; Hominin Evolution; African Great Apes; Refined δ13C Values
dc.languageeng
dc.publisheruga
dc.rightspublic
dc.subject‘‘Habitat Theory’’
dc.subjectPaleoclimate
dc.subjectHominin Evolution
dc.subjectAfrican Great Apes
dc.subjectRefined δ13C Values
dc.titleThe utility of refined δ13c values in hominin paleoecology
dc.typeThesis
dc.description.degreeMA
dc.description.departmentAnthropology
dc.description.majorAnthropology
dc.description.advisorElizabeth Reitz
dc.description.committeeElizabeth Reitz
dc.description.committeeErvan G. Garrison
dc.description.committeeDouglas Crowe


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