Along the way, we'll learn how stratigraphic succession and radioactive decay contribute to the work of paleontologists.
However, the assumption of contemporaneity may not always be correct.
This is due to the fact that one or both of the objects may have been moved or redeposited into a different location.
This principle presumes that the oldest layer of a stratigraphic sequence will be on the bottom and the most recent, or youngest, will be on the top.
The earliest-known hominids in East Africa are often found in very specific stratigraphic contexts that have implications for their relative dating.
Relative dating methods allow one to determine if an object is earlier than, later than, or contemporary with some other object.
It does not, however, allow one to independently assign an accurate estimation of the age of an object as expressed in years.It only sequences the age of things or determines if something is older or younger than other things.Some types of relative dating techniques include climate chronology, dendrochronology, ice core sampling, stratigraphy, and seriation.Cultural seriations are based on typologies, in which artifacts that are numerous across a wide variety of sites and over time, like pottery or stone tools.If archaeologists know how pottery styles, glazes, and techniques have changed over time they can date sites based on the ratio of different kinds of pottery.But really, how do scientists figure out how old their dinosaur bones are?