Direct dating of human fossils
Researchers attached to institutions based in Australia (Griffith University), Spain (IPHES, Complutense University of Madrid), France (University of Bordeaux) and China (University of Nanjíng), also collaborated.
Stratigraphy, the study of rock layers, led to paleontology, the study of fossils.
CENIEH Header Image – Fossils of Homo antecessor found at level TD6 of Gran Dolina /J.
Using relative and radiometric dating methods, geologists are able to answer the occur so slowly that they are barely detectable over the span of a human life.
Darwin and his contemporaries could never have imagined the improvements in resolution of stratigraphy that have come sincenor guessed what fossils were to be found in the southern continents, nor predicted the huge increase in the number of amateur and professional paleontologists worldwide.
All these labors have not led to a single unexpected finding such as a human fossil from the time of the dinosaurs, or a Jurassic dinosaur in the same rocks as Silurian trilobites.