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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
FLK NI 28923 10215 7 - FLK North L-ULNA-f 1960-2 I Haarhoff, P.J. 1993. Latest Pliocene mousebirds (Aves, Coliidae) from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Ann S Afr Mus. 103:191–211. Left distal ulna. "The specimen numbers are catalogue numbers of the Olduvai fossil birds, and the data are kept at the Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville. The fossils belong to the Tanzanian Ministry of Antiquities, Dar es Salaam. They were collected by Mary Leakey in 1960-1962" (Haarhoff, 1993:193). Unknown Aves Coliiformes Coliidae Colius cf. striatus No
OVPP-L-1040 10319 22 - SC UK-f 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania -- Box: OLD/71 SC TR II SPIT 6. Specimen label: OLD/71.SC.583 Unknown Mammalia No
OLD-1380 11636 L-TIB-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1380; left tibia distal end fragment Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae Yes
OLD-383 11887 M 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-383 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Hippopotamidae Yes
OLD-1892 11994 PHX 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1892 Unknown Mammalia Yes
OLD-1593 12040 AST 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1593; in 'Alcelaphini drawer' Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae Yes
OLD-279 12533 PHX 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-279; "Label found in box with OLD-565 and OLD-279. Not sure if it comes with either." Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Hippopotamidae No
M. 104094 12778 R-M 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- Right upper M1; OLD-650; (Last edit SC 2019) Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini No
OLD-952 12977 MTP-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-952; distal metapodial fragment; immature? Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Giraffoidea Giraffidae No
M. 104108 13030 MAN-f, TOOTH-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- Mandible fragments with unerupted tooth fragments; OLD-1116; (Last edit SC 2019) Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae cf. Antilopini or Aepyceros Yes
OLD-1885 13214 UK 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1885; probably MTP Unknown Mammalia No
P.P.R. 4 162 UK 1941 105 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania (?) Leakey LSB. 1965. Olduvai Gorge 1951-1961, Volume 1: Fauna and Background. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. This specimen was originally listed as Damaliscus antiquus by Schwartz and Leakey. 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. 138 - E. Schwarz 264 - Leakey family expedition No Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini Damaliscus angusticornis This specimen was reclassified by Gentry and Gentry (1978) as Parmularius angusticornis. No
OVPP-Muridae 6 444 6 - FLK NN UK 104 - Unknown I middle 1, 2, 3 Leakey MD. (1971) Olduvai Gorge, Vol. 3: excavations in Beds I & II 1960-1963. New York, NY: Cambridge University Press. The author mentions "various" murids at FLK NN. 142 - M. D. Leakey 264 - Leakey family expedition Yes Mammalia Rodentia Myomorpha Myodonta Muroidea Muridae No
FLK N I 9290 720 7 - FLK North RAD 104 - Unknown I Gentry, A. W., and Gentry, A. 1978. Fossil Bovidae (Mammalia) of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Part I. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Geology 29:289-446. The authors provide measurements of various limb bones. They don't mention what other elements were preserved or whether it was in situ. 137 - A. Gentry Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Tragelaphini Tragelaphus strepsiceros maryanus No
BK II 1963.067/1650 993 10 - BK L-HOR 1963 104 - Unknown II Gentry, A. W., and Gentry, A. 1978. Fossil Bovidae (Mammalia) of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Part I. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Geology 29:289-446. 137 - A. Gentry Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini Parmularius angusticornis No
FLK NN I 649 1256 6 - FLK NN MTC 104 - Unknown I Gentry, A. W., and Gentry, A. 1978. Fossil Bovidae (Mammalia) of Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Part I. Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History): Geology 29:289-446. 137 - A. Gentry 273 - Reck expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Antilopinae Antilopini Antidorcas recki No
M. 22376 1513 MAX-f, MAN-f 1960 106 - Natural History Museum UK (?) Gentry, A. W. 1966 Fossil Antilopini of East Africa. Bulletin of the British Museum of Natural History, Geology. 12: 43-106. 9 pls. The author lists these as either mandibular or maxillary pieces. 137 - A. Gentry 273 - Reck expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Antilopinae Neotragini Phenacotragus recki No
OVPP-Pelorovis 21 1838 PHX 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania Gentry, A. W. 1967. Pelorovis oldowayensis Reck, an extinct bovid from East Africa: British Museum. pp. 245-299 This is a first phalanx. 137 - A. Gentry 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Bovini Pelorovis oldowayensis No
OVPP-Cichlidae 19 2792 7 - FLK North RAY, VER 1962 104 - Unknown I 5 Greenwood, P., and Todd, E. 1970. Fish remains from Olduvai. In: Fossil Vertebrates of Africa,vol. 2 New York: Academic Press. pp. 225-241. These specimens are from trench V. 151 - Greenwood and Todd Unknown Actinopterygii Perciformes Cichlidae No
01. R. M4-40 3170 L-MAN-f, M 104 - Unknown I Jaeger, J.J. 1976. Les rongeurs (Mammalia, Rodentia) du Pleistocene inferieur d’Olduvai Bed I (Tanzanie) 1ere Partie: Les Murides. Fossil vertebrates of Africa 4:58-120. This species is found at FLK NI, layers 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6; FLK NNI, layers 2 and 3; FLK I, Zinjanthropus layer. It is unclear where individual specimens come from, however. 153 - J. Jaeger Unknown Mammalia Rodentia Myomorpha Myodonta Muroidea Muridae Murinae Praomys minor No
01. R. M3-295 3427 R-MAN-f, M 104 - Unknown I Jaeger, J.J. 1976. Les rongeurs (Mammalia, Rodentia) du Pleistocene inferieur d’Olduvai Bed I (Tanzanie) 1ere Partie: Les Murides. Fossil vertebrates of Africa 4:58-120. This species is found at FLK NNI layer 2 and 3; FLK NI layers 1-6; FLK I Main site. It is unclear where individual specimens were recovered. 153 - J. Jaeger Unknown Mammalia Rodentia Myomorpha Myodonta Muroidea Muridae Murinae Zelotomys leakeyi No
01. R. M3-552 3684 L-MAN-f, M 104 - Unknown I Jaeger, J.J. 1976. Les rongeurs (Mammalia, Rodentia) du Pleistocene inferieur d’Olduvai Bed I (Tanzanie) 1ere Partie: Les Murides. Fossil vertebrates of Africa 4:58-120. This species is found at FLK NNI layers 2 and 3; FLK NI layers 1-6; FLK I. It is unclear where individual specimens were recovered. 153 - J. Jaeger Unknown Mammalia Rodentia Myomorpha Myodonta Muroidea Muridae Murinae Aethomys lavocati No
2482 3960 27 - MNK R-C-f II Petter, G. 1973. Carnivores Pleistocenes du ravin d’Olduvai (Tanzanie). Fossil vertebrates of Africa 3:43-100. 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/6/28 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae No
27 6604 10 - BK L-SPINE 1953 104 - Unknown II 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-190 7868 M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania II Midlle -- 157 - L. Hlusko 2012/07/06 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae No
2960 DK I WS 8127 87 - DK W I 122 - National Museum and House of Culture, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania I Surface. -- Incisor. Card in bag states "?primate" and "067/2960." 2012/07/27 264 - Leakey family expedition Unknown Mammalia Primates Anthropoidea Haplorhini Cercopithecoidea Cercopithecidae No
OVPP-L-260 8402 M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania -- Specimen label: OLD-87-228-6-?. Box#: OLD 87-3-E. 158 - W. Reiner 2012/07/01 Unknown Y Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae No
1931 II 1213 8663 R-MTT 1913 116 - Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (BSPG), Munich, Germany Black E. 1937. Fossil Antelopes of Olduvai. Scientific results of the Olduvai Expedition 1913:8-104. Complete. Label/publication taxon ID: Gorgon taurinus semiticus. Reck Field No.: VI 915. 273 - Reck expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini Megalotragus kattwinkeli Inventoried by Faysal Bibi in 2012. No
1931 II 833 8919 I 1913 116 - Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (BSPG), Munich, Germany Black E. 1937. Fossil Antelopes of Olduvai. Scientific results of the Olduvai Expedition 1913:61. Incisor. Label/publication taxon ID: Gorgon taurinus semiticus. Reck Field No.: VI 226. 273 - Reck expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini Megalotragus kattwinkeli Inventoried by Faysal Bibi in 2012. No
1931 II 968 9175 THO 1913 116 - Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie (BSPG), Munich, Germany Black E. 1937. Fossil Antelopes of Olduvai. Scientific results of the Olduvai Expedition 1913:62. Thoracic, juvenile. Label/publication taxon ID: Gorgon taurinus semiticus. Reck Field No.: XVI 1223. 273 - Reck expedition Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Alcelaphinae Alcelaphini Megalotragus kattwinkeli Inventoried by Faysal Bibi in 2012. No
RMNH151 9431 PHX 129 - National Natural History Museum, Naturalis, Leiden, The Netherlands (RMNH) -- Third phalanx of digit III. 159 - R. Bernor Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Equidae Equinae Hipparionini Eurygnathohippus Inventoried by Ray Bernor. Identified by Bernor as genus Eurygnathohippus. No
COP-12-105 9689 R-M 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania II Middle -- Right maxillary M3. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/23 254 - COP Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Tragelaphini No
OVPP-573 9946 MAN, R-P, L/R-M, L/R-I 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania I Lower Sandstone 15m above ignimbrite, below Tuff IA but not sure how far below. -- Almost complete mandible with right P2-M3, left M1-2, and LI3-RI3. Three pieces- A, B, and C. 157 - L. Hlusko 2013/06/30 253 - OVPP No Mammalia Artiodactyla Ruminantia Bovoidea Bovidae Bovinae Hippotragini No
FLK NI 18295 10216 7 - FLK North R-ULNA-f 1960-2 I Haarhoff, P.J. 1993. Latest Pliocene mousebirds (Aves, Coliidae) from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. Ann S Afr Mus. 103:191–211. Right proximal ulna; olecranon is missing. "The specimen numbers are catalogue numbers of the Olduvai fossil birds, and the data are kept at the Department of Zoology, University of Florida, Gainesville. The fossils belong to the Tanzanian Ministry of Antiquities, Dar es Salaam. They were collected by Mary Leakey in 1960-1962" (Haarhoff, 1993:193). Unknown Aves Coliiformes Coliidae Colius cf. striatus No
OVPP-L-1549 10479 78 - FLK S 126 - Mary Leakey Camp, Antiquities Station Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania Fibula Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Equidae Yes
OLD-1381 11637 L-TIB-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1381; left tibia distal end fragment Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae Yes
OLD-385 11888 C 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-385 Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Suidae Yes
OLD-1594 12041 AST 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-1594; in 'Alcelaphini drawer' Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Bovidae Yes
OLD-679 12344 MTP 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-679 Unknown Mammalia Artiodactyla Hippopotamidae Yes
OLD-120 12412 M-f 114 - Natural History Museum UK -- OLD-120 Unknown Mammalia Perissodactyla Hippomorpha Suidae No