Additional Media

Above, a reconstruction of the Mleisa 1 herd, based upon Stegotretrabelodon as the track maker. The image may be used for media purposes, but the artist, Mauricio Antón, must be credited. © Mauricio Antón.

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Click here for a statement from Dr. William Sanders (an expert not associated with this research) on the Mleisa 1 study. Quotes from this document may be used with attribution to Dr. Sanders.

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The following links include interactive imagery hosted by GigaPan. The KAP Orthophoto in the first link was created using Agisoft PhotoScan Pro.

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/78542 — an aerial view of the Mleisa1 Trackway Site.

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/74055 — A view of the elephant trackway site from a distance. The site, once a muddy plain through which the animals walked, is today in one of the driest regions in the world. In this Gigapan you can even see the kite that was used to photograph the site.

http://gigapan.org/gigapans/68509 — An on-the-ground view of the elephant herd trackways. At 160m long, these are some of the longest fossil trackways in the world.

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Marching desert elephants, Damarland, Namibia by Michael Poliza (2006). This herd is crossing the dry and flat plains of the Namib desert in the early morning hours, headed for a watering hole. 7 million years ago, the elephants at Mleisa1 would have looked very similar from the air except that Mleisa was muddy, which meant the elephants left deep footprints that then hardened and preserved for us to see today. For all uses of this photograph please contact license@michaelpoliza.de

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Simulated oblique view of the 7-million year old Mleisa1 trackways with digitized Stegotetrabelodon elephants inserted. By Mauricio Anton.

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If credit is given, the following images may be used freely for media purposes. Click on any image for a full-sized version.


1. Researchers at the Mleisa 1 trackway site. From left to right, Ahmed Abdalla Al-Haj (ADTCA), and co-authors, Brian Kraatz, Mark Beech, and Faysal Bibi (14 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mathieu Schuster.

2. Co-authors Kraatz and Bibi (left to right) discussing preliminary mapping at the Mleisa 1 site (14 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mathieu Schuster.

3. Co-author Nathan Craig flying a kite with a suspended camera (look closely) collecting images from which this composite was created (6 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mathieu Schuster.

4. Co-author Faysal Bibi brushing out a fossil print (13 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mark Beech.

5. From left to right, co-authors Bibi and Kraatz collecting data with ADTCA archaeologists Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi and Abdulla Al Kaabi (13 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mark Beech.

6. From left to right, co-author Faysal Bibi collecting field data with ADTCA archaeologists, Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi and Abdulla Al Kaabi (13 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Mark Beech.

7. Coauthor Nathan Craig acquiring site imagery via a camera suspended from a kite (6 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

8. A close-up of several parallel tracks at Mleisa 1 (9 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

9. Abdulla Al Kaabi, Abdul Rahman Al-Nuaimi (left, right) and co-author Mark Beech (standing) acquiring field measurements at Mleisa 1 (10 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

10. An isolated track at Mleisa 1 (13 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

11. An individual print at Mleisa 1 (13 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

12. Nathan Craig preparing the kite for low-altitude photography of Mleisa 1 (2 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Faysal Bibi.

13. Uncorrected Panoramic view of Mleisa 1 site, Olga Otero for scale (15 Jan 2011). Photographer and © Brian Kraatz.

14. Close up of the kite aerial photomosaic showing the main trackway section at Mleisa 1. © Authors.

15. Close up of the kite aerial photomosaic with color mapping of the trackways. © Authors.