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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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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
OVPP-L-1656 10519 86 - HK Indeterminate bone fragment 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Unknown Yes
OVPP-L-1657 10520 86 - HK Miscellaneous fragments of ostrich eggshells and fish 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Unknown Yes
OVPP-L-1658 10521 86 - HK 9 Elements: horn core fragment, distal femur, and distal metapodial 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Various taxonomy includes Aves, Bovidae, Leporidae, + others Unknown Yes
S.419 I S 8082 86 - HK TOOTH-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I Surface -- Two fragments of teeth in box. Note in box states "Mary brought in 3rd June 1982". HK surface. 2012/07/25 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae No
F80 SLK II 8051 85 - SLK R-MAN-f, R-M-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II Leakey and Whitworth, 1958. ? Mem. Mus. Occ. pap. No. 6. Packed in National Museum in Nairobi, Kenya in box 188 or 189 labeled "Cercopithecidae" for transport to National Museum of History, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. Enclosed card reads "Spec: Right mandibular corpus with very worn & broken M3 and posterior part of M2. Referred to S. jonathani by Leakey & Whitworth 1958. In BM loan collection. See Leakey & Whitworth." 2012/7/20 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae No
OVPP-Panthera 4 3956 84 - Dalmatian K FEM-f IV Petter, G. 1973. Carnivores Pleistocenes du ravin d’Olduvai (Tanzanie). Fossil vertebrates of Africa 3:43-100. Distal end of femur. 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/6/28 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
OVPP-Mammalia 3801 83 - FLK NW AST, (n=33), CAL, (n=73), FEM, (n=272), HUM, (n=186), I, (n=316), M, (n=108), MAN, (n=161), MAX, (n=68), MTP, (n=257), PHX, (n=77), PVG, (n=218), RAD, (n=55), SCP, (n=40), TIB, (n=395), ULNA, (n=76), VER, (n=595) I 20 Arcos, S., Sevilla, P., and Fernandez-Jalvo, Y. 2010. Preliminary small mammal taphonomy of FLK NW level 20 (Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania). Quarternary Research 74:405-410. MNI is 198. Authors describe specimens as "small mammals". Unknown Mammalia Authors describe specimens as "small mammals". No
OH 64 3779 81 - HWK W TOOTH 1989 104 - Unknown II Lowermost 20 mm above Tuff IF in "basal waxy clay". Clarke, R.J. Published online 4 May 2012. A Homo habilis maxilla and other newly-discovered hominid fossils from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Olduvai Special issue, JHE Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Australopithecus boisei No
OH 73 3788 81 - HWK W L-P 2006 127 - National Natural History Museum, Arusha, Tanzania I Upper Surface. Clarke, R.J. Published online 4 May 2012. A Homo habilis maxilla and other newly-discovered hominid fossils from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Olduvai Special issue, JHE Left P3. Specimen is pictured third from the left bottom in image 1. Specimen is shown on left in image 2. No Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo habilis sensu stricto No
067/5594 MCK II Simo L? 8112 80 - MCK L-PVG 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Left os coxa. From same individual as 0675593 MCK II Simo R (R os coxa). Type specimen. Card for specimen found in pile of cards in box 189 in House of Culture, Dar es Salaam (specimen and card in part of collection recently returned from Nairobi). Card has been put in bag with specimen. Card states "giant baboon". 2012/07/30 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus oswaldi No
067/5593 MCK II Simo R 8134 80 - MCK R-PVG 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Right os coxa. From same individual as 067/5594 MCK II Simo L (L os coxa). Type specimen. Card for specimen found in pile of cards in box 189 in House of Culture, Dar es Salaam (specimen and card in part of collection recently returned from Nairobi). Card has been put in bag with specimen. Card states "giant baboon". 2012/07/30 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus oswaldi No
MCK II Simo 1 8146 80 - MCK PAT 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Specimen probably 067/5611. If so, it is a patella and would be a type specimen. Specimen not labeled with number, only "MCK II Simo." 1 added to specimen designation to differentiate from other "MCK II Simo". 2012/07/30 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus No
067/56 16 MCK II 8148 80 - MCK L-CAL 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Left calcaneus. Type specimen. Specimen is in the same bag with 067/5610, 067/5611 and 067/5609. Card with specimen states "N609". 2012/07/30 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus oswaldi No
OLD 1962 067/5608 MCK II Simo. Lt.Max 8167 80 - MCK L-MAX, P-f, M 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Left maxilla with fourth premolar (roots) and first molar to third molar. 2012/07/31 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus No
067/5615 MCK II Simo 8169 80 - MCK CLA-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Fragment of clavicle. Card for specimen states "OLD 1962, Simopithecus oswaldi (type specimen) clavicle?". 2012/07/31 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus No
MCK II Simo 2 8172 80 - MCK OCC-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Basilar portion of occipital bone (fragment of occipital). In bag with three unlabeled fragments and specimen number 067/5615 MCK II Simo (clavicle fragment) and possible scapula fragment labeled "R". 2 added to specimen designation to differentiate from other "MCK II Simo". 2012/07/31 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No
MCK I or II? 8174 80 - MCK CUBNAV, PHX, MTT-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I or II? -- Fragments and complete foot bones (left),including navicular, pedal phalanges (proximal and intermediate), tarsals, including proximal half of third and fifth metatarsal. Only navicular is labeled (label is MCK I or II?). Bones may go with cards found in pile; may go with cards 067/5614, 5617-20, in which case the specimens would be Simopithecus oswaldi type specimens. 2012/07/31 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No
MCK I? Simo 8175 80 - MCK CUBNAV, PHX, MTT-f, CUNE 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I -- Fragments of right foot bones including navicular, cuneiform, intermediate pedal phalanges and proximal half of fifth metatarsal. If specimen labeled (on navicular) is "MCK II"(as opposed to MCK I), specimen may belong with cards found in stack 067/5614, 0617-20 and if so this is a Simopithecus oswaldi type specimen. 2012/07/31 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus No
067/5609 MCK II Simo 8187 80 - MCK L-SCP-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II -- Partial left scapula preserving glenoid process and acromion, and superior 1/3 of spine and lateral border. Found in bag with 067/5622 (R scapula, possibly from same individual.) 2012/08/01 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae Cynocephalinae Simopithecus No
OLD/62 MCK II S KNM? 2534? 8201 80 - MCK FIB-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II Surface -- Distal end of fibula with portion of shaft. Pleistocene. 2012/08/02 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No
OH 61 3776 80 - MCK SKEL 1982 104 - Unknown Naisiusiu? -- Crouched burial. Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo sapiens No
OH 69 3784 80 - MCK L-P 2002 127 - National Natural History Museum, Arusha, Tanzania II Lower Lower P4. Specimen is pictured on left in image 1. Specimen is pictured on left in image 2. Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo habilis sunsu lato No
OH 70 3785 80 - MCK L-M-f 2002 127 - National Natural History Museum, Arusha, Tanzania II Lower Distrobuccal portion of upper M1 crown. Specimen is pictured on bottom right of image 1. Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Australopithecus africanus OH 24-like No
OLD-1581 13167 80 - MCK MTP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK I S -- OLD-1581; distal MTP-f Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini No
OLD/62 068/6130 MCK II.S 8295 80 - MCK FEM-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania II Surface? -- Proximal end of femur shaft. Pleistocene. 2012/08/13 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No
OLD-1683 13178 80 - MCK PHX 114 - Natural History Museum UK IV S -- OLD-1683; "OLDOWAY MCK IV S ?/5/35" Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini No
067/5478 MK I 8140 8 - MK HUM-f 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I -- Shaft fragment of distal end of right humerus. Pleistocene. Card in bag states "Loc: Olduvai, L.S.B Leakey 67, MK I surface OLD 60". 2012/07/30 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea No
OH 4 3720 8 - MK 281 - 11 P , M , MAN 1959 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I Lower Surface. Leakey, L.S.B., Tobias, P.V. & Napier, J.R. 1964. A new species of the genus Homo from Olduvai Gorge. Nature 202(4927): 7-9. Paratype. Two isolated teeth (lower molar and upper premolar) and one M3 in a mandible. Found in small block of consolidated tuff. Specimen previously housed at National Museum of Kenya. 282 - H. Mukiri 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Hominoidea Hominidae Homininae Hominini Homo habilis Paratype No
OVPP-Elephas 7 498 8 - MK UK 104 - Unknown I lower Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 142 - M. D. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Proboscidea Tethytheria Behemota Elephantoidea Elephantidae Elephas recki The author says this is the "early form" of E. recki. No
24/1959 56 8 - MK M 1959 105 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (?) I lower Leakey LSB. 1965. Olduvai Gorge 1951-1961, Volume 1: Fauna and Background. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Original information indicated that this specimen was located in Nairobi. This specimen is likely within the material that was repatriated to Dar in 2011, but this has yet to be confirmed. 130 - L.S.B. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Carnivora Caniformia Arctoidea Mustelidae Lutrinae Lutra sp. No
OVPP-Crocodylus 14 353 8 - MK UK 104 - Unknown I lower Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. 142 - M. D. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Reptilia Crocodilia Crocodylidae Crocodylus sp. No
OVPP-Elephas 1 90 8 - MK SKEL 1935 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) I lower Leakey LSB. 1965. Olduvai Gorge 1951-1961, Volume 1: Fauna and Background. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. This specimen is shown in plate 17. Most of the skeleton is preserved. 134 - C. Arambourg 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Embedded in matrix Mammalia Proboscidea Tethytheria Behemota Elephantoidea Elephantidae Elephas africanavus Unknown
OVPP-Elephas 2 91 8 - MK MAN, C, M, I, P 104 - Unknown I lower Leakey LSB. 1965. Olduvai Gorge 1951-1961, Volume 1: Fauna and Background. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. Several other specimens found at this site in Bed I but probably fell from Bed II. 130 - L.S.B. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Specimen was "embedded in matrix." Mammalia Proboscidea Tethytheria Behemota Elephantoidea Elephantidae Elephas africanavus No
F556 3101 8 - MK SHEL-f 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV -- 152 - W. Auffenberg Unknown Reptilia Testudines The author mentions there are over 3,000 fossilized turtle fragments from Olduvai Gorge, 98% of which are from the species Pelusios sinuatus. However, it is unclear which specimens belong to which species based on the description given. When it was unclear, the specimen is only referred to as belonging to the Order Testudines. No
F565 3102 8 - MK SHEL-f 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV -- 152 - W. Auffenberg Unknown Reptilia Testudines The author mentions there are over 3,000 fossilized turtle fragments from Olduvai Gorge, 98% of which are from the species Pelusios sinuatus. However, it is unclear which specimens belong to which species based on the description given. When it was unclear, the specimen is only referred to as belonging to the Order Testudines. No
F57 3103 8 - MK SHEL-f 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV -- 152 - W. Auffenberg Unknown Reptilia Testudines The author mentions there are over 3,000 fossilized turtle fragments from Olduvai Gorge, 98% of which are from the species Pelusios sinuatus. However, it is unclear which specimens belong to which species based on the description given. When it was unclear, the specimen is only referred to as belonging to the Order Testudines. No
F645 3104 8 - MK SHEL-f 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV -- 152 - W. Auffenberg Unknown Reptilia Testudines The author mentions there are over 3,000 fossilized turtle fragments from Olduvai Gorge, 98% of which are from the species Pelusios sinuatus. However, it is unclear which specimens belong to which species based on the description given. When it was unclear, the specimen is only referred to as belonging to the Order Testudines. No
F6647 3105 8 - MK SHEL-f 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) IV -- 152 - W. Auffenberg Unknown Reptilia Testudines The author mentions there are over 3,000 fossilized turtle fragments from Olduvai Gorge, 98% of which are from the species Pelusios sinuatus. However, it is unclear which specimens belong to which species based on the description given. When it was unclear, the specimen is only referred to as belonging to the Order Testudines. No
MK I 36 1477 8 - MK RAD-f 1959 104 - Unknown I Gentry, A. W. 1966 Fossil Antilopini of East Africa. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History, Geology. 12: 43-106. 9 pls. Proximal end 137 - A. Gentry Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Antilopinae Antilopini Gazella No
OH 58 3773 79 - JK Cliff P 1977 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I base of cliff Surface. -- lateral half unerupted premolar 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