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Fauna and Paleoenvironments of the Homa Peninsula, Western Kenya

Bishop, LC, Plummer, TW, Braun, DR, Ditchfield, PW, Early, EG, Hertel, F, Lemorini, C, Oliver, JS, Potts, R, Vincent, T, Whitfield, E and Kinyanjui, RN (2022) Fauna and Paleoenvironments of the Homa Peninsula, Western Kenya. In: Reynolds, SC and Bobe, R, (eds.) African Paleoecology and Human Environments. Cambridge University Press, pp. 360-375. ISBN 9781139696470

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The Homa Peninsula has been known to science since 1911, and fossil specimens from the area comprise many type specimens for common African mammalian paleospecies. Here we discuss the fauna and the paleoenvironmental information from the Homa Peninsula. The Homa Peninsula is a 200 km2 area in Homa Bay County, situated on the southern margin of the Winam Gulf of Lake Victoria in Kenya (Figure 29.1). Lake Victoria is estimated to be the third largest lake in the world, with a surface area of 68,900 km2 and a maximum length of approximately 616 km. Although its catchment is extensive, it is relatively shallow compared to any other lake of similar size, with a maximum depth of 84 m. Lake Victoria is located in a depression formed by the western and eastern branches of the East African Rift System (EARS), and is at an average elevation of 1135 m a.s.l. (Database for Hydrological Time Series of Inland Waters, 2017).

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Q Science > QH Natural history
Divisions: Biological & Environmental Sciences (new Sep 19)
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
SWORD Depositor: A Symplectic
Date Deposited: 27 Jul 2022 08:53
Last Modified: 27 Jul 2022 08:53
DOI or Identification number: 10.1017/9781139696470.029
Editors: Reynolds, SC and Bobe, R
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/17228

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