The other half of the project is describing the fossils that were found at the site. The bad thing about working in sedimentary rocks is that there is no way you can get an absolute age so the best thing you can do is use the fossils to give you an approximate age by using biochronology. In order to do that we have to figure out what species we have and find when the were around. For now we are using the fact that we found Elephas (the extant group of the Probocidea) and Stegodon dentition to approximate an age range of Pleistocene to Holocene since Elephas are modern day elephants and Stegodon belong to their ancestry living from the Middle Miocene to the Pleistocene.
The ancient environment is further understood by the using the types of animals we are finding. Of course some of the elements found are not going to be identifiable but those that can, can give us a key to the past. So far I have identified Stegodon, Elephas, a rhino tooth, a hyena metatarsal, bits of turtle shell, bovid horns and mandible, and a fresh water gastropod.Now it is all about putting all the pieces together and painting a picture of what the world was like