Ekembo nyanzae
Ekembo nyanzae
Age approx. 18.00 Million Years Digital Capture: Photogrammetry

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This is a mandible fragment of a male Ekembo nyanzae with the right C-M3, and the left P3 and the M1-M2 from the early Miocene site of Rusinga Island in Lake Victoria, Western Kenya. It preserves the symphysial area and most of the mandibular body below the preserved dentition.  Louis Leakey discovered it in 1967. The crown morphology and enamel micro wear pattern in E. nyanzae most closely resembles that of extant frugivorous primates.  There are two species in the genus, E. nyanzae and E. heseloni, both known only from Rusinga and Mfangano sites.  The estimated average body mass for E. nyanzae and E. heseloni are 36.5 Kg and 10.9 Kg respectively. Both species are moderately sexually dimorphic.


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