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Radiometric dating of Meipu hominin site in China by coupled ESR/U-series and cosmogenic 26Al/10Be burial dating methods

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The Three Gorges and Western Hubei area in the geographic central part of China was a potential migration corridor for early hominin and mammals linking South and North China during the Pleistocene period. Some key early hominin sites are known in this region where limestone cave and fissure sites are numerous but difficult to date as beyond the dating range of OSL and mass spectrometry U-series method. Here, we report radiometric dating study for such a hominin site, Meipu (Hubei Province), by coupled ESR and U-series dating of nine fossil teeth and cosmogenic 26Al/10Be burial dating of one quartz sediment. The burial age calculated by simple burial model (573 ± 266 ka) gives a minimum age constraint of the sediment. The fossil dating provided two main age groups at 541 ± 48 ka and 849 ± 39 ka, the older age group is in agreement with the U-series age (>630 ka) of the flowstone overlying the fossil layer and the paleomagnetic data which placed the Brunhes-Matuyama boundary in the fossil layer. The reason of this age difference is probably caused by the U-content discrepancy in the enamel of the dated fossil samples. This study exhibits the limitation of ESR/U-series fossil dating and the importance of using multiple dating approach when it is possible in order to identify the problematic ages.
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mnhn-03934851 , version 1 (11-01-2023)

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Fei Han, Jean-Jacques Bahain, Pierre Voinchet, Mangu Jin, Gongming Yin. Radiometric dating of Meipu hominin site in China by coupled ESR/U-series and cosmogenic 26Al/10Be burial dating methods. Quaternary Geochronology, 2022, 70, pp.101295. ⟨10.1016/j.quageo.2022.101295⟩. ⟨mnhn-03934851⟩
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