Response to Comment on “U-Th dating of carbonate crusts reveals Neandertal origin of Iberian cave art”
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Slimak et al. challenge the reliability of our oldest (>65,000 years) U-Th dates on carbonates associated with cave paintings in Spain. They cite a supposed lack of parietal art for the 25,000 years following this date, along with potential methodological issues relating to open-system behavior and corrections to detrital or source water 230Th. We show that their criticisms are unfounded.
Response, U-Th Dating, Carbonate Crusts, Neanderthal, Cave Art, Iberian
Science, Vol. 362, no. 6411 (2018-10-12).
Hoffmann, D. L.; Standish, C. D.; García-Diez, M.; Pettitt, P. B.; Milton, J. A.; Zilhão, J.; Alcolea-González, J. J.; Cantalejo-Duarte, P.; Collado, H.; de Balbín, R.; Lorblanchet, M.; Ramos-Muñoz, J.; Weniger, G.-Ch.; and Pike, A. W. G., "Response to Comment on “U-Th dating of carbonate crusts reveals Neandertal origin of Iberian cave art”" (2018). KIP Articles. 4437.