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Evaluating quaternary dating methods: Radiocarbon, U-series, luminescence, and amino acid racemization dates of the last Pleistocene emu egg

Magee, John; Miller, Gifford Hubbs; Spooner, Nigel; Questiaux, D; McCulloch, Malcolm; Clark, Peter A


A whole emu egg, with infilling sediment believed to be coeval with egg laying and burial, was found in late Pleistocene lunette sediments near Lake Eyre, central Australia. The stratigraphic context and initial amino acid racemization (AAR) results suggested an age between 25 ka and 35 ka, ideal for a multiple cross-dating comparison. The sediment infilling the egg provided material for luminescence dating that minimized problems of association. Age estimations from AAR, 14C and U series...[Show more]

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Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary Geochronology
DOI: 10.1016/j.quageo.2008.10.001


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