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The challenge of direct dating old human fossils

Grun, Rainer; Aubert, Maxime; Hellstrom, John Charles; Duval, Mathieu


This paper reviews the possible approaches for dating of human bones and teeth, older than 500,000. years. Skeletal tissues can, in principle, be dated with an open-system U-series approach, which requires that the Th/U activity ratio is still below equilibrium. This indicates that the sample experienced continuing U-uptake. To gain insights about the state of U-series isotopes in old samples, laser ablation ICP-MS analysis was used for the detailed mapping of U-series isotopes in a 1.2. Ma old...[Show more]

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Date published: 2010
Type: Journal article
Source: Quaternary International
DOI: 10.1016/j.quaint.2009.10.005


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