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What is at stake?

The sites that we have selected also pose some very important questions about current perspectives on human evolution. We don’t want to give away too much right at the beginning …

The sites and the finds

It’s not just the finds that are unique. Every archaeological site has its own characteristics and challenges. There are a vast number of archaeological sites throughout the world that we …

Electron Spin Resonance (ESR) dating method

Crystal lattices, trapped charges and spinning electrons. They all form a part of the ESR dating method. Electron spin resonance (ESR) dating is a trapped charge dating method. The other …

Human Fossils: Uranium-Series Dating Method

Modern Uranium-series methods use decay chains and lasers to allow dating calculations to around 500,000 years. Uranium-series (U-series) dating is another type of radiometric dating. You will remember from our …

The Carbon 14 (C-14) dating method

The Carbon 14, or radiocarbon dating method is one of the best-known methods of dating human fossils, and has been around since the late 1940s. The Carbon 14 (C-14) dating …

The week in review

Congratulations on making it this far into the course. Let’s take a time-out for a quick review. This week we explored the tools of our investigation into the question of …

Other applications of dating methods

These dating methods are not only used on human fossils. Let’s take a moment to see how a painting of a pig changed the story of our past. When we …

Timeline of significant hominin species

Skulls Timeline Whilst all ancient human fossil specimens carry significance, we have put together a simple timeline to show you some important species. (Select the link or the graphic above.) …

How correct are our dates?

It’s a question of accuracy. With a few errors thrown into the mix. Read on to see what we mean. When we report a date for a human fossil, we …

Introduction to human evolution

What makes us human? It’s a story seven million years in the making. Scientists do not agree on every aspect of this story. There is much debate about how the …

Importance of dating

To piece together the story of human evolution, we need to date the pieces. Every day, archaeologists and palaeoanthropologists are making new discoveries. Each new discovery adds to our knowledge …

Guide for our investigation

Let’s agree to some basic guidelines for our learning journey together. ARCHE and Griffith University have created this learning space because we’re committed to research and the furtherance of knowledge. …