Title Scientists narrow age estimate for fossils of human ancestor Degree of recognition International Media name/outlet Associated Press Media type Web Country/Territory United States Date 19/12/19 Description NEW YORK (AP) — Scientists say they have finally calculated
the age of the youngest known remains of Homo erectus, which
is generally considered an ancestor of our species.
The fossilized skull fragments and other bones were uncovered
on the Indonesian island of Java in the 1930s. Determining
their age has been a scientific challenge, and a wide range has
been proposed by numerous studies.
In a report released Wednesday by the journal Nature,
scientists conclude the remains are between 108,000 and
117,000 years old. Researchers used five dating techniques on
sediments and fossil animal bones from the area, combining 52
age estimates for the analysis. The project took 13 years to
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