In the footsteps of prehistoric elephants

This website has been created to offer additional content for print and news media for our recent paper on the Mleisa 1 Trackway Site in the United Arab Emirates.

All material here is strictly embargoed until February 22, 2012 at 12:01am (GMT).

Click here for the official press release, which includes contact information for all authors.

Click here for the official press release in Arabic.

Click here for a preprint version of the paper from Biology Letters.

Click here for official supplementary information.

Click here for a series of FAQs on our study.

Click here for high-resolution versions of figures.

Click here for additional media.

Click here for brief author biographies.


The research described here is part of a larger paleontological project exploring fossils of the Baynunah Formation. The current expedition on the Miocene of Abu Dhabi is a collaboration between the Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority (ADTCA) [1] and the Peabody Museum of Natural History, Yale University, USA.  It is co-directed by Faysal Bibi (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin ) and Andrew Hill (Yale), but involves many participants from various institutions in the USA, Europe and the Middle East.  It follows on from earlier research projects by Andrew Hill and Peter Whybrow,[2] and by Faysal Bibi.

[1] Previously known as the Abu Dhabi Authority for Culture and Heritage (ADACH).

[2] Whybrow, P.J. and Hill, A. (eds.) 1999. Fossil Vertebrates of Arabia: with Emphasis on the Late Miocene Faunas, Geology, and Palaeoenvironments of the Emirate of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. New Haven and London: Yale University Press.