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Microelements in fossil bones and the estimation of age
Author(s): Calin Besliu; Agata Olariu; Ion M. Popescu; Teodor Badica; Marius Calin
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Paper Abstract

Neutron activation analysis was used to determine microelements in Romanian fossil bones and a correlation was found between some elements and 14C estimated age of the bones. Fluorine and manganese content in the bone structure increases with the time elapsed, during the fossilization. Uranium, sodium, scandium, iron and zinc have also been determined in fossil bones but a relation with the increasing antiquity of the fossil has not been observed. Measurable concentrations of some elements together with known environmental conditions provide a relative tool of dating of bones beyond 70,000 years radiocarbon limit.

Paper Details

Date Published: 3 March 1995
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 2339, International Conference on Neutrons and Their Applications, (3 March 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.204192
Show Author Affiliations
Calin Besliu, Faculty of Physics (Romania)
Agata Olariu, Faculty of Physics (Romania)
Ion M. Popescu, Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (Romania)
Teodor Badica, Institute of Physics and Nuclear Engineering (Romania)
Marius Calin, Romanian Institute of Thracologie (Romania)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2339:
International Conference on Neutrons and Their Applications
George Vourvopoulos; Themis Paradellis, Editor(s)

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