Thus, to be considered as archaeological, the remains, objects or artifacts to be dated must be related to human activity.It is commonly assumed that if the remains or elements to be dated are older than the human species, the disciplines which study them are sciences such geology or paleontology, among some others.He has published a book on ESR dating and more than 200 refereed research papers. His work on Qafzeh, Skhul, and Tabun in the early 1990s contributed to a complete revision of our views on modern human evolution and archaeological chronology.
The fossils are arranged by approximate age as determined by radiometric dating and/or incremental dating and the species name represents current consensus; if there is no clear scientific consensus the other possible classifications are indicated.
Deprecated classifications may be found on the fossil's page.
Thus, 1587 is the post quem dating of Shakespeare's play Henry V.
That means that the play was without fail written after (in Latin, post) 1587.
Most of the fossils shown are not considered direct ancestors to Homo sapiens but are closely related to direct ancestors and are therefore important to the study of the lineage.
Chronological dating, or simply dating, is the process of attributing to an object or event a date in the past, allowing such object or event to be located in a previously established chronology.
But this method is also useful in many other disciplines.
Historians, for example, know that Shakespeare's play Henry V was not written before 1587 because Shakespeare's primary source for writing his play was the second edition of Raphael Holinshed's Chronicles, not published until 1587.
The same inductive mechanism is applied in archaeology, geology and paleontology, by many ways.
For example, in a stratum presenting difficulties or ambiguities to absolute dating, paleopalynology can be used as a relative referent by means of the study of the pollens found in the stratum.
He is leading the field in the least destructive isotope analyses of human fossils.