Dating Techniques of fossil:

Why is it useful to researchers to have a range of dating techniques available? Which of the dating techniques described in the text and websites are most useful for the study of human evolution, and why? (note--the time span for human evolution ranges from about 5 million years ago to 20,000 years ago).


reference :

Chronological Methods (UCSB Intro to Archaeology Course Site by George Michaels and Brian Fagan). A brief survey of various dating methods. Think about which ones might be more useful in studies of human evolution. (You don't need to watch the embedded QuickTime movie clips if they don't run on your computer).

Beta-Analytic Carbon Dating Laboratory
Website of world's largest and most respected radiocarbon lab. Read the information under the link titled "About Radiocarbon Dating."