Dating skeletal remains

This 'law of superimposition' works in the well-defined layers of the Willandra lunettes, but only dates objects as younger or older than adjacent layers.To determine the year age (absolute age) of an object, a number of chemical and radioactive techniques can be used.

Testing two pieces each at two different facilities should provide consistent results – and indeed it did. The proportion of C-14 in the atmosphere, and hence in living things, is not constant but varies over the centuries, and it also varies between the atmosphere and the oceans.

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Since the time of separation of the evolutionary lines of apes and humans about 5 million years ago, some fossil specimens of the skeletal remains of our earliest ancestors have been preserved and discovered.

How old are the bones found under the Greyfriars church?

Clearly they can’t be any more recent than the Dissolution of 1538.

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Putting together the pieces of the puzzle of human biological history is the task of paleontologists, geologists and anthropologists.

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