New dating methods

“In my opinion, this paper drives the final nail in the coffin” of that hypothesis.A chief argument underpinning the diseased arrived in southeast Asia and Australia.In 2003, scientists made a startling find in a remote cave on the Indonesian island of Flores: The skull and skeleton of an adult female hominin, a group consisting of modern humans and extinct human species, who stood only about a meter tall.That discovery sparked a fierce debate about whether the hominin—officially dubbed but often called the “hobbit”—was a separate species or a diseased modern human.

These skeptics do not provide scientific evidence for their views.

Now, many of the same scientists who made the discovery have radically revised their estimate of the fossils' age, based on an exhaustive new analysis of the cave’s geology.

Instead of living 18,000 years ago, as they originally reported, the hobbit lived between 60,000 and 100,000 years ago—some 10,000 years before makes it “impossible to argue that it is a pathologically-dwarfed modern human,” says Russell Ciochon, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City who was not involved in the study.

Current understanding of the history of life is probably close to the truth because it is based on repeated and careful testing and consideration of data.

The rejection of the validity of fossils and of dating by religious fundamentalists creates a problem for them: Fossil sequences were recognized and established in their broad outlines long before Charles Darwin had even thought of evolution.


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