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The challenge of dating Early Pleistocene fossil teeth by the combined uranium series-electron spin resonance method: the Venta Micena palaeontological site (Orce, Spain)

Mathieu Duval, Christophe Falgueres, Jean-Jacques Bahain, Rainer Gruen, Qingfeng Shao, Maxime Aubert, John Hellstrom, Jean-Michel Dolo, Jordi Agusti, Bienvenido Martinez-Navarro, Paul Palmqvist, Isidro Toro-Moyano

Journal of Quaternary Science | WILEY | Published : 2011


The palaeontological site of Venta Micena (Orce, Andalusia, Spain) lies in the eastern sector of the Guadix-Baza basin, one of the best documented areas in Europe for Plio-Pleistocene biostratigraphy. The combination of biochronological and palaeomagnetic results, combined with the radiometric data obtained for Atapuerca Sima del Elefante, indicated that the Venta Micena stratum was formed between the Jaramillo and Olduvai palaeomagnetic events, most likely between 1.22 and 1.77 Ma. Five fossil teeth from two outcrops (sites A and B) were selected to assess the potential of combined uranium series-electron spin resonance (US-ESR) dating of Early Pleistocene sites. Although the US-ESR results..

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Funding Acknowledgements

We thank Jorge Rodriguez, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, for his help in the field, and Norbert Mercier, CRPAA, Universite de Bordeaux 3, for the data extraction from the TL dosimeter. The ESR spectrometer of the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle was bought with the financial support of the Sesame Ile de France programme. This work was part of the project 'Ocupaciones humanas en el Pleistoceno inferior de la cuenca Guadix-Baza', CGL2009-08827 to B.M.-N. and CGL2009-7896 to J.A.