ESR-dating of the fossil hominid cranium from Petralona Cave, Greece

  title={ESR-dating of the fossil hominid cranium from Petralona Cave, Greece},
  author={G. Hennig and W. Herr and E. Weber and N. Xirotiris},
  • G. Hennig, W. Herr, +1 author N. Xirotiris
  • Published 1981
  • Geology
  • Nature
  • The age of the hominid cranium discovered in 1960 in a limestone cave near Petralona (Greece) is a continuing cause of controversy. The age of the skull, which was apparently encrusted by brown calcite soon after the death of the individual concerned, has been variously estimated at between 70,0001 and 700,0002 yr. Here we show using electron spin resonance (ESR) measurements of the calcite encrustation and of bone fragments that the age of the Petralona hominid lies between 160,000 and 240,000… CONTINUE READING
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