jethro cave dating - The challenge of direct dating old human fossils

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Our work focused on samples collected at the archaeological site Jebel Irhoud in Morocco.

It’s a place that is well known for hominin fossils – that is, bones from early humans – first excavated in the 1960s.

fossils (Omo Kibish, estimated age 195,000 years, and Herto, estimated age 160,000 years), both found in modern-day Ethiopia, East Africa.

But new research, published today in two Nature papers, offers a fresh perspective.

Human evolution had a nice clear line from Lucy 3.2 million years ago to — us. “It was wonderfully Darwinian,” said William Kimbel, director of the Institute of Human Origins at Arizona State University. “Fifty years ago, it was pleasing and consistent that there was one early Homo form,” he said.

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