Lecture 12 (2-27) - Paleoanthropology as a...

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Paleoanthropology as a Multidisciplinary Science Paleoanthropology is defined as the study of early humans. Paleoanthropologists reconstruct the anatomy, behavior, and ecology of our ancestors: It is a diverse multidisciplinary pursuit seeking to reconstruct every bit of information possible concerning the dating, anatomy, behavior, and ecology of our hominid ancestors. Components of Paleoanthropology Physical Sciences Biological Sciences Social Sciences Geology Physical anthropology Archaeology Geomorphology Ecology Ethnoarchaeology Geophysics Primatology Cultural anthropology Chemistry Psychology Taphonomy Dating Methods Paleoanthropologists use two types of dating methods to tell us the age of sites and fossils: Relative dating determines only whether an object is older or younger than other objects. Chronometric (absolute) dating provides an estimate of age in years based on radioactive decay. Relative and Chronometric Dating Relative Dating Chronometric Dating Stratigraphy K/Ar Fluorine Dating Radiocarbon (14 C) Fission-track Provides a sequence only; Most techniques* are radiometric; i.e., steady decay
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This note was uploaded on 04/02/2008 for the course ANTHRO 1 taught by Professor Wilkie during the Spring '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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Lecture 12 (2-27) - Paleoanthropology as a...

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