Now, they are going to attempt to use individual fossils, especially teeth, and obtain direct dates for the remains found, as well as those already known by their sediments.“When we handle these figures there are always error margins.The next-oldest fossils of Homo sapiens, the scientific name for humans, are about 200,000 years old.
Team member Paul Dirks and his colleagues analyzed the flowstone in the Dinaledi Chamber using this uranium-lead dating method, but claimed the process was contaminated from "fine dusting of a detrital component derived from associated muds." Contrary to common scientific practice, they never reported the results of this "failed" dating attempt.
A study published by the ‘Journal of Archaeological Science’ has clarified that the sediment of Gran Dolina, where the first remains of Homo antecessor were discovered in 1994, is 900,000 years old.
The findings at the Lower Palaeolithic cave site of Gran Dolina, in the Sierra de Atapuerca mountain range (Burgos), have led to major advancements in our knowledge of human evolution and occupation of Eurasia.
Worse, an age of thousands of years would clearly expose these fossils merely as man-made mosaics of different species, and not an evolutionary transition. In the next and last article, we will expose some curious oddities about the cave and claims of ritualistic burial of Image credit: Copyright © 2015 National Geographic Society. Usage by ICR does not imply endorsement of copyright holder.
Therefore, researchers at the Spanish National Research Centre for Human Evolution, among others, strive to settle the dates.