U-series dating of hominin fossil-bearing Panlong Cave in Guangdong Province, southern China

Tu, Hua, Shen, Guanjun, Liu, Xuebing, Qiu, Licheng, Pan, Guijie, Feng, Yuexing and Zhao, Jian-xin (2017) U-series dating of hominin fossil-bearing Panlong Cave in Guangdong Province, southern China. Quaternary International, 434 A: 92-98. doi:10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.107


Author Tu, Hua
Shen, Guanjun
Liu, Xuebing
Qiu, Licheng
Pan, Guijie
Feng, Yuexing
Zhao, Jian-xin
Title U-series dating of hominin fossil-bearing Panlong Cave in Guangdong Province, southern China
Journal name Quaternary International   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1040-6182
1873-4553
Publication date 2017-04-01
Year available 2016
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.quaint.2015.11.107
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 434
Issue A
Start page 92
End page 98
Total pages 7
Place of publication Kidlington, Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Pergamon Press
Collection year 2018
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Two hominin teeth and an abundance of faunal remains were recovered from Panlong Cave in Guangdong Province, southern China in 1987. The site has remained largely unknown to the prehistoric community mainly for the lack of reliable chronological constraints. This paper reports high-precision mass spectrometric U-series dating of eight calcite samples from the extant cross-section. Based on the dates on the overlying flowstone layers, the hominin teeth should be definitely older than 292 ± 10 ka. Furthermore, as indicated by the U-series ages on the secondary calcite formations the fossiliferous deposits should be older than 441 ± 18 ka. These dates support the paleontological inference that Panlong Cave may predate the nearby Maba hominin site. The hominin specimens from the site may thus represent an early member of the Ailuropoda-Stegodon fauna and one of the oldest non-erectus Middle Pleistocene hominin fossils in southern China.
Keyword Archaic Homo sapiens
Middle Pleistocene
Panlong Cave
Southern China
U-series dating
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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