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Radiometric dating of quaternary deposits and the hominid mandible of lake banyolas, Spain

January 1, 1991

We report results of U-series analyses of the travertine matrix surrounding the Banyolas mandible that indicate an age of 45??4 ka bp. The mandible, an archaic hominid fossil generally deemed of mid-Pleistocene age, was recovered from a travertine matrix in 1887. Similar analyses on 21 travertine samples from quarries near the discovery site yield coherent U-series dates in correct stratigraphic order, ranging from 44 ka bp to 117 ka bp. Isotopic composition of these samples and the mandible matrix show no evidence of open system behaviour. Coherent isotopic results from adjacent quarries support the validity of the date on the mandible travertine, and we conclude the mandible is much younger than previously believed. ?? 1991.

Citation Information

Publication Year 1991
Title Radiometric dating of quaternary deposits and the hominid mandible of lake banyolas, Spain
DOI
Authors R. Julia, J.L. Bischoff
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title Journal of Archaeological Science
Series Number
Index ID 70016485
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization