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Welcome to Week 2

We hope you’re enjoying the learning and are looking forward to the journey we have lined up for week two.

You’ve stuck it out through principles and science – this week it’s all about application.

We’re not going to keep going on about the technical aspects – when we refer to something like the “dose rate for an ESR analysis”, you’ll remember that it has external and internal elements and we need samples from the site (or you’ll quickly review step 1.15). There are times when we need to explain a particular detail as it specifically relates to a site, but we won’t be going in ‘too deep’.

Either way, you are going to be reading sentences and hearing phrases that you now understand – sentences and phrases that quite possibly meant nothing to you two weeks ago. Take a moment to pause and congratulate yourself when that happens. You’ve been learning.

By the end of this week, you will be ready to:

  • discuss three archaeological sites and their discoveries
  • reflect upon the way that new discoveries challenge our existing knowledge on human evolution.

Your task

Last week we said that by the end of Week 1 you would be able to:

  • provide a brief description of human evolution
  • explain the implications of dating human fossils
  • discuss the limitations of dating
  • describe some basic science behind the dating of human fossils.

Well, how did we do?

Feel up to a little challenge? Pick one of the above points and have a quick go. Don’t bother with all of the detail – just pick a piece of information that you thought was particularly interesting.

Identify which point you are commenting on at the top of your post. That way you can scan the comments and see if anyone else picks the same piece you do - a good place to start a discussion!

If you would prefer to just comment on, or ‘like’ other posts, rather than making your own – that’s fine too.

Please select the comments link and post your thoughts.

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A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution

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