All posts tagged with dating

Link: New stratigraphy chart

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The International Commission on Stratigraphy has released the 2018 version of Earth’s stratigraphic intervals, illustrated with a very helpful chart:

The hominin invasion of China

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Earlier this month, Scientific Reports included an article by Hong Ao and colleagues reporting a date for the Shangshazui archaeological locality in the Nihe...

Cro-Magnon 1, dating and mtDNA

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I’m running through the new paper from Qiaomei Fu and colleagues Fu:revised:2013 about Upper Paleolithic mtDNA genomes. Probably several readers were wonderi...

Open science radiocarbon databases

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Last week I wrote a lot about the radiocarbon chronology of late Neandertals in Europe (“Neandertals didn’t disappear before 40,000 years ago”, “Neandertals ...

Combe Capelle redated

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I missed this earlier this month, but Julien Riel-Salvatore did not: “Burial Site at Combe Capelle in France is Not as Old as Previously Assumed, by Several ...

Straightening the calibration curve

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Michael Balter reports on a new radiocarbon calibration called INTCAL09. The calibration curve purports to provide a calendar age calibration up to 50,000 ye...

The paleomagnetic long count

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A little off-topic, but interesting: Chris Rowan writes about paleomagnetic reversals and crustal movements some billion years ago.

Free the trees

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Further drawbacks of databases in anthropology, after my post mentioning the issues. I’ll point to Martin Rundkvist’s discussion of “Open Source Dendrochrono...

Rats in the radiocarbon (or vice versa)

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The story of the New Zealand rat bones is a bit deeper than the press reports (e.g., this AP report). The main idea is that the rat radiocarbon dates support...

Radiocarbon fudgery

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I skipped last week's (9/15/2006) Science, and so missed this article by Michael Balter on radiocarbon dating. But some online discussion boards have been t...

Not a lasting last for the Neandertals

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The latest in a long line of “last known Neandertal” sites is now Gorham’s Cave, Gibraltar. Of course, if this were actually a continuing string of “latest” ...