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The first excavations in the 1950s and 1960s revealed a hub of ancient human activity, spanning thousands of years’ worth of artefacts.Unfortunately much of it originates from outside radiocarbon dating’s timescale. was almost non-existent,’ says Geoff Duller, a geochronologist from the University of Aberystwyth in Wales.So how do we investigate the development of human evolution if it’s outside the radiocarbon timescale?To get a clearer picture, scientists are exploiting diverse physical phenomena, from uranium’s radioactivity to life’s preference for l-amino acids.
‘As is always the case, a new dating technique comes along and everyone latches onto it,’ explains Walker.
A portion of the carbon is the radioactive isotope carbon-14.
At death, the exchange stops, and the carbon-14 then decays with a known half-life, which enables scientists to calculate the time of death.
‘We’re kind of at the mercy of geochemistry.’Pike’s team used this method to give a minimum date to red hand stencils found in a cave in northern Spain called El Castillo, which contains the oldest known cave art in the world. This is long after humans were supposed to become anatomically modern, adding to the evidence suggesting that early anatomically modern humans didn’t necessarily act modern. Anatomically modern humans arrived in northern Spain around 42,000 to 43,000 years ago, and Neanderthals died out between 39,000 and 41,000 years ago.
But because the stencil date is a minimum age, there’s a chance the Neanderthals could have been the artists.