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IMPORTANT NOTE: We have maintained the originally published taxonomic designation for each specimen despite the fact that many of these specimens have been reclassified since.  We chose to follow this protocol because of the difficulty in keeping up to date with all of the taxonomic groups, and our hesitancy to make a judgement call on taxonomic debates.  As such, please search the database with this in mind, perhaps using higher level taxonomic classifications for your query.

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1690 specimens found
Image Spec # CODI Database ID Arch. Locality Geo. Locality Elements Preserved Excavation Date Repository Bed Level Stratigraphic Horizon Bibliographic Information Curatorial Notes ID By ID Date Research Team In Situ Sediment or Matrix Adhering Class Order Suborder Infraorder Superfamily Family Subfamily Tribe Genus Species Subspecies Taxonomic Notes Taxonomic Problems
OLD/70/5939 WK VIII/I 8266 38 - WK PHX 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania VIII I -- Phalanx. Card in bag with specimen states "WK main cha(?) Primate I=papionini." 2012/08/10 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae No
OH 11 3726 24 - DK 285 - 13 PAL , L-MAX-f , TOOTH-f 1962 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Ndutu Lower Found in stream bed at bottom of gully near DK excavations. See curatorial notes for details. Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Left half of palate and maxillary arch, crowns of teeth not preserved. "It is thus impossible to assign to any stratigraphic level, although the condition of the bone, which bears a pinkish tinge, is similar to that seen in fossil bones from a conglomerate at the head of the DK gully belonging to the lower Ndutu Beds" (Leakey MD, 1971:230). Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 154 - Leakey and Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition No Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo sp. No
OVPP-362 9738 L-MAN, L-P, L-M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Ndutu Contact -- Left mandible with P4 and M3. Needs prep. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/24 253 - OVPP No Y Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
OVPP-511 9882 L-MAN-f, L-P, L-M, R-MAN-f, R-M, R-MAX-f 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek? About 5 meters below carbonate top, reddish brown popcorn clays about 3m below silts. -- Three pieces- labeled A, B, and C. Left mandible fragment with P3-4 and M1-2. Right mandible fragment with M3. Right maxillary fragment with M3. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/30 253 - OVPP No Y Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Antilopini No
OVPP-512 9883 PHX 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek? About 5 meters below carbonate top, reddish brown popcorn clays about 3m below silts. -- Intermediate phalanx. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/30 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae No
OVPP-518 9889 R-MAN-f, R-P, R-M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek? About 5 meters below carbonate top, reddish brown popcorn clays about 3m below silts. -- Right mandible fragment with P2-4 and M1-3. Needs prep. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/30 253 - OVPP No Y Mammalia Artiodactyla Suiformes Suoidea Suidae Suinae Potamochoerini Kolpochoerus No
OVPP-178 7856 MAX-f, P 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek -- Maxillary fragment with premolar. 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/07/06 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
OVPP-179 7857 PHX-f 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek -- Proximal end of a proximal phalanx. 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/07/06 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Carnivora No
COP-12-94 9678 PHX 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek -- Distal phalanx. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/22 254 - COP Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
OVPP-180 7858 PHX 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek -- Distal phalanx. 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/07/06 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
OVPP-525 9896 R-MAN-f, P, M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Masek About 15m below top of sequence. -- Right mandible with P2-4, M1-2. Needs prep. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/30 253 - OVPP No Y Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Hippotragini No
OH 57 3772 14 - HWK E P-f 1977 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Lower II Surface. -- Lower P3 or P4 crown. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 264 - Leakey family expedition No Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo sp. No
OH 23 3738 5 - FLK L-MAN-f , L-P , L-M , 1968 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania IV/Masek Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Left mandible fragment with P4-M2. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. Bed IV in Leakey (1971), referred to as having derived from Masek Beds in other publications (e.g., Millard, 2009). 142 - M. D. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo erectus No
OH 12 3727 18 - VEK 286 - 86 OCC , L/R-PAR , L/R-TEM-f , CRA-f , L-PAL , L-MAX , TOOTH-f 1962 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania IV? a Surface. Found on eroded slope of Bed III. L-TEM-f from just below marker Tuff IVa. Leakey, L., and Leakey, M. 1964. Recent discoveries of fossil hominids in tanganyika: at Olduvai and near Lake Natron. Nature 202:5-7. Crowns of teeth not preserved. Bed IVA determined on basis of matrix adhering to L-TEM-f and PAL. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 264 - Leakey family expedition No L-TEM-f & PAL found with matrix adhering. Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo erectus No
M 103894 12854 27 - MNK L-P 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-746; left lower P4; "OLD Y MNK IV S 15/5/35" Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Bovini cf. Syncerus Unknown
M 103995 13274 P (3) IV -- OLD-460; upper premolar; " NI Layer IV" Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Antilopinae Antilopini No
OLD 1472 3694 63 - JLK MAN, M, P 1957 104 - Unknown IV Leakey, L., and Whitworth, T. 1958. Notes on the genus Simopithecus, with a description of a new species from Olduvai. This specimen is pictured in plate 4, figure 1; plate 5, figure 1; plate 6, figure 1; plate 8, plate 9, and plate 10. All descriptions of this specimen indicate that the pictured specimen is the holotype. In plate 4, however, the description reads female S. jonathani so it is unclear whether this is the same specimen or not. 130 - L.S.B. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus jonathani Holotype No
OVPP-Clarias 33 2805 19 - SHK ARTC, PCG-f 1955 104 - Unknown IV Greenwood, P., and Todd, E. 1970. Fish remains from Olduvai. In: Fossil Vertebrates of Africa,vol. 2 New York: Academic Press. pp. 225-241. 151 - Greenwood and Todd Unknown Actinopterygii Siluriformes Clariidae Clarias sp. No
OVPP-Cichlidae 23 2806 19 - SHK VER, SPINE 1955 104 - Unknown IV Greenwood, P., and Todd, E. 1970. Fish remains from Olduvai. In: Fossil Vertebrates of Africa,vol. 2 New York: Academic Press. pp. 225-241. It is unclear how many individuals are represented by these specimens. 151 - Greenwood and Todd Unknown Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae No
OH 25 3740 268 - 54 L-PAR-f 1968 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania IV a Surface Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Left parietal fragment ca. asterion. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 142 - M. D. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition No Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Juvenile. No
OH 28 3743 38 - WK 290 - 36 L-PVG-f , L-FEM-f 1970 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania IV a Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Left femoral shaft and left innominate. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo erectus No
OLD-516 12690 86 - HK PHX 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-516; intermediate PHX; "OLD Y HK IV 17 5-35" Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Tethytheria Behemota Elephantoidea Hippopotamidae in Hippo drawer Unknown
Old. 1472/57 1338 63 - JLK MAN, P 104 - Unknown IV Jolly, C. J. 1972. The classification and natural history of Theropithecus (Simopithecus)(Andrews, 1916), baboons of the African Plio-Pleistocene: British Museum (Natural History) 146 - C. J. Jolly Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus jonathani No
M. 14682 1344 L-MAN-f, P, M 1931-32 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV Hopwood, A. 1934. New fossil mammals from Olduvai, Tanganyika territory. Annals of the Magazine of Natural History. 10: 546-550. 293 - A.T. Hopwood Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Suiformes Suoidea Suidae Koiropotamus majus Holotype. This specimen was later reclassified as Kolpochoerus majus by Bishop (2010) No
BMNHM14353 9264 L-P 129 - National Natural History Museum, Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands (RMNH) IV -- Left maxillary P3. 159 - R. Bernor Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae Equinae Hipparionini Eurygnathohippus Inventoried by Ray Bernor. Identified by Bernor as genus Eurygnathohippus. No
BMNHM14357c 9270 R-P 129 - National Natural History Museum, Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands (RMNH) IV -- Right maxillary P4. 159 - R. Bernor Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae Equinae Hipparionini Eurygnathohippus Inventoried by Ray Bernor. Identified by Bernor as genus Eurygnathohippus. No
OLD-1550 13146 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1550; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-1551 13147 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1551; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-1552 13148 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1552; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-1553 13149 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1553; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-1554 13150 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1554; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
M. 104095 13005 L-MAN, P, M (3) 1931 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- L-MAN with P4, M1, M2, M3; OLD-1091; (Last edit SC 2019) Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini No
OLD-1555 13151 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1555; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-810 12908 298 - CMK MTP 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-810; distal metapodial; "OLD CMK IV S 20.V.15" Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Giraffoidea Giraffidae No
OLD-1556 13152 SCP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1556; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
BMNHM14371 9288 L-P 129 - National Natural History Museum, Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands (RMNH) IV -- Left mandibular P4. 159 - R. Bernor Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae Equinae Hipparionini Eurygnathohippus Inventoried by Ray Bernor. Identified by Bernor as genus Eurygnathohippus. No
M. 14682 10382 Part of a left mandibular ramus with P3-M1 and the alveolus for P2. 1934 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV upper part, Middle Pleistocene Kanjeran Pluvial LSB Leakey. 1958. Fossil Mammals of Africa: Some East African Pleistocene Suidae. British Museum. No. 14. 1934 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Suiformes Suoidea Suidae Potamochoerus majus Holotype. Originally classified as Koiropotamus majus (Hopwood, 1934). Reclassified as Potamochoerus majus (Leakey, 1942). Unknown
OLD-1562 13158 MTP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1562; proximal MTP-f; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLD-1563 13159 MTP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV -- OLD-1563; distal MTP-f; May all be from Bed IV See strat info. for OLD-1558 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae No
OLDUVAI 1962 MLK IV Right Max Monkey 8263 34 - MLK R-MAX, P, M 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania IV -- Right maxilla with third premolar, and first and second molars. Card in bag with specimen states "Original type cabinet A". Cercopithecoides kimeni cranial vault+left and right maxilla". Specimen found in bag with specimen Olduvai. 1962 MLK IV left maxilla of monkey probably from the same individual. 2012/08/09 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No