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Scientists believe that they have a solution for the dispute about the time period of the Homo erectus inhabited the Indonesian island of Java, before starting to die off.
The new evidence — which was published Wednesday in the journal Nature — raise the identification of the species in the last few years, Java of between 117,000 and 108,000 years ago.
In the new study, as Science News reported, researchers have located where the H. erectus fossils were found has been excavated, and to date, the non-animal fossils from the site.
Their estimates for said to be used in the action of the radioactive decay of uranium in the bones and tooth enamel damage from the natural radioactivity in the soil, and from cosmic rays.
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A Homo erectus skull is shown above.
(AP Photo/National Museums of Kenya/F. Spoor)
According to Science News, a sign that the people in Indonesia will last no more than 73.000 years ago. H. erectus was the latest was Java, is at least 35,000 years prior to that, a study co-author Russell Ciochon, a paleoanthropologist at the University of Iowa in Iowa City, told the science publication.
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“Now we have to figure out what exactly had happened, when Homo sapiens first arrived in South-east Asia region,” said paleoanthropologist Mattew Tocheri, who is not affiliated with the study.