The following tables give a brief overview of several notable hominin fossil finds relating to human evolution beginning with the formation of the Hominini tribe in the late Miocene (roughly 6 million years ago).
As there are thousands of fossils, mostly fragmentary, often consisting of single bones or isolated teeth with complete skulls and skeletons rare, this overview is not complete, but does show some of the most important finds.
Additionally, the commonly used technique of radiocarbon dating reaches back only to about 50 to 60 ka and, as a consequence, many important questions in our understanding of human evolution cannot be addressed.
Since the beginning of archaeology, new fossil hominid finds have constantly reshaped our understanding of the human journey.
However, it is often difficult to place these discoveries in their temporal context.
The project aims to apply a pioneering non-destructive direct dating methodology to unique anatomically modern human remains (including Neanderthal fossils).
The study capitalises on the recent breakthrough from the combined ESR/U-series dating techniques applied to key archaeological sites for understanding human evolution.
To better understand human evolution, archaeologists require precise chronologies so as to compare and contrast fossil collections.