Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution

Griffith University

This online course explored basic concepts of dating human fossils. It covered topics including introduction to human evolution, principles of dating human fossils, applications and limitations of dating methods, Radiocarbon dating, Uranium-series dating, Electron Spin Resonance dating, application of dating technologies to archaeological sites and the impact of dating upon current perspectives of human evolution.

2 weeks, 3 hours per week


Professor Rainer Grün

Director of the Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution

Griffith University


Learning outcomes

  • Describe the basic principles of three dating methods
  • Explain why dating is not always reliable
  • Discuss the importance of dating for human evolution
  • Explore the ever-changing reconstruction of human evolution
  • Reflect upon how new discoveries challenge existing knowledge


  • Introduction to human evolution
  • How dating works (methods available)
  • Principles of radiocarbon, U-series and ESR dating
  • The specific challenges of dating valuable human fossils
  • Dating controversies
  • How dating changed the story of human evolution
  • Explore examples from around the world

Issued on 17th January 2022

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Free online course:

A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution

Griffith University