Holocene geochronology


The fundamental pre-requisite for using fossils to provide quantitative baselines for conservation biology is being able to determine the age of individual fossils. We use a range of methods including calibrated Amino Acid Racemisation dating, the technique of choice for determining the age of Holocene fossils for conservation palaeoecology, taphonomy and time-averaging studies. Understanding the age of a fossil assemblage requires understanding two critical issues: 1. The age of the samples and 2. The amount of time recorded in the samples.

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