Griffith researchers date South Africa’s peculiar Homo naledi fossils—11 May 2017

ARC Future Fellow, Dr Mathieu Duval, working with a team of scientists from Griffith University’s Australian Research Centre for Human Evolution (ARCHE) have helped discover Homo naledi’s surprisingly young age, opening up more questions on where we come from.

The research has shown that that Homo naledi, the hominin that was discovered by a large team of international researchers in 2013, was alive sometime between 335 and 236 thousand years ago.

The core of the work is the direct dating of several human teeth with the Electron Spin Resonance method, which Dr Duval said was one of the very few methods, if not the only, that could be used for fossil remains older than 50,000 yearsthe maximum time range covered by the Radiocarbon dating method.

Media issued by Griffith University.

Image: "Neo" skull of Homo naledi from the Lesedi Chamber.
Image credit: Wits University/ John Hawks.

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, May 11, 2017