Atapuerca cave site 120,000 years old than previously thought

Published on February 22nd, 2014 | by Admin



New dating methods have pushed back the age of the Atapuerca cave site in Spain, where the remains of homo antecessor were discovered, to 900,000 years ago.

They were previously given a minimum age of 780,000 years and now it is known that they are referring more accurately to around 900,000 years. “The change might sound very small or very large,” the expert continues, “but the TD6 stratum is known precisely as having been the place of discovery of the Homo antecessor and this further defines its age.”

Since then, a further 90 human fossils and over 200 fragments of carved stone have also been discovered. The extent of the excavation grows ever larger and being able to date it is of great interest to the scientists.

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Story: Science Daily | Photo: SINC

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