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1 April 2015 Ptolemaia from West Turkana, Kenya
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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.

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Ellen R. Miller, D. Tab Rasmussen, John Kappelman, Anthony R. Friscia, Samuel N. Muteti, and Mercedes Gutierrez "Ptolemaia from West Turkana, Kenya," Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 56(1), (1 April 2015). https://doi.org/10.3374/014.056.0105
Received: 24 July 2014; Accepted: 1 October 2014; Published: 1 April 2015
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