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Reassessing the age of Atapuerca-TD6 (Spain): new paleomagnetic results



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Parés, Josep M. and Arnold, Lee J. and Duval, Mathieu and Demuro, Martina and Pérez-González, Alfredo and Bermúdez de Castro, José María and Carbonell i Roura, Eudald and Arsuaga, Juan Luis (2013) Reassessing the age of Atapuerca-TD6 (Spain): new paleomagnetic results. Journal of archaeological science, 40 . pp. 4586-4595. ISSN 0305-4403

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We carry out a new paleomagnetic study across stratigraphic layer TD7 of Gran Dolina Site, Atapuerca, and reassess the existing absolute ages (thermoluminescence, electron spin resonance) obtained at this site. The new and more detailed magnetostratigraphic record of the Matuyama-Brunhes boundary, combined with absolute ages, enables further constraint on the age of the underlying human-bearing level or Aurora Stratum. Paleomagnetism of the studied silts and sandstones reveals stable, dual polarity Characteristic Remanent Magnetization directions. A new normal magnetic polarity short interval is found at several consecutive sampling localities in the upper part of TD7, providing a new ante quem date for the human-bearing sediments of 0.9 Ma, possibly formed during MIS 25.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Atapuerca Gran Dolina TD6, Hominins, Geochronology, Paleomagnetism
Subjects:Sciences > Geology > Paleontology
ID Code:27936
Deposited On:15 Jan 2015 13:14
Last Modified:11 Dec 2018 08:41

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