New paper from UMMP's chief vertebrate preparator Bill Sanders
Comparative morphometric study of recently recovered fossil elephant molars from Natodomeri, Kenya identifies them as belonging to Elephas jolensis and confirms the presence of this species in Members I and II of the Kibish Formation. Improved datation of these geological units constrains them between 205 and 130 ka. Elephas jolensis is also reported from localities in northern, northwestern, eastern, and southern Africa. Thus, including its Natodomeri occurrence, E. jolensis appears to have been pan-African in distribution. Despite the wide geographic distribution of the species, molars of E. jolensis are remarkably uniform morphometrically. They are characterized by their extreme hypsodonty, high amplitude of enamel folding, high lamellar frequency, and plates that are anteroposteriorly thick relative to transverse valley interval spacing.