A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution (FutureLearn)

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A Question of Time: How We Date Human Evolution (FutureLearn)
Discover the role that dating human fossils plays in the reconstruction of human evolution: explore examples from around the world. Uncover the history of our ancestors by dating human fossils. Trace your origins and develop your understanding of human evolution, with this course from the world-leading experts at Griffith University.

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This course will introduce you to the history of human evolution and discuss the importance of dating human fossils. You’ll learn the basic principles of dating fossils, including the methods used by professionals, and find out why dating is not always reliable.

You’ll study authentic archaeological examples from all over the world, and reflect on discoveries which have challenged our existing knowledge of human evolution.


What topics will you cover?

- Introduction to human evolution

- How dating works (methods available)

- Principles of radiocarbon, U-series and ESR dating

- The specific challenges of dating valuable human fossils

- Dating controversies

- How dating changed the story of human evolution

- Explore examples from around the world


What will you achieve?

By the end of the course, you'll be able to...

- Describe the basic principles of three dating methods

- Explain why dating is not always reliable

- Discuss the importance of dating for human evolution

- Explore the ever-changing reconstruction of human evolution

- Reflect upon how new discoveries challenge existing knowledge



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