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Gamma-ray spectrometric dating of late Homo erectus skulls from Ngandong and Sambungmacan, Central Java, Indonesia

Yokoyama, Yuji; Falgueres, Christophe; Semah, Francois; Jacob, T; Grun, Rainer


Hominid fossils from Ngandong and Sambungmacan, Central Java, Indonesia, are considered to be the most anatomically derived and youngest representatives of Homo erectus. Nondestructive gamma-ray spectrometric dating of three of these Homo erectus skulls showed that all samples underwent uranium leaching. Nevertheless, we could establish minimum age estimates of around 40 ka, with an upper age limit of around 60 to 70 ka. This means that the Homo erectus of Java very likely survived the Toba...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2008
Type: Journal article
Source: Journal of Human Evolution
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhevol.2008.01.006


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