Scientists have until now failed to date the fossils accurately.The new research, using radiocarbon dating, has shown the bones to be about 31,000 radiocarbon years old.
However, by about 4.2 million years ago, unquestionable australopithecines were present.
At the time, the Neandertals (also called Neanderthals) were still present in Europe.
The two groups lived alongside each other until the Neandertals disappeared around 28,000 years ago.
That sounds spurious, but I can assure you, as someone with a degree in biological anthropology I can confirm that it’s often pretty obvious if remains were buried intentionally.
You won’t typically find bones arranged in patterns without intervention, for example.