From Nature magazine The carbon clock is getting reset. Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct. Carbon dating is used to work out the age of organic material — in effect, any living thing. The technique hinges on carbon, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate. Organisms capture a certain amount of carbon from the atmosphere when they are alive. By measuring the ratio of the radio isotope to non-radioactive carbon, the amount of carbon decay can be worked out, thereby giving an age for the specimen in question.
Answers to Creationist Attacks on Carbon-14 Dating
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David Miano 4 Comments A scientific procedure that is extremely useful for ancient historians is carbon dating, also known as radiocarbon dating. Sometimes in our internet travels, we stumble upon claims made about carbon dating that are misleading, or even inaccurate. So I want to take some time here to explain how carbon dating works and explode some of the myths about it. Hopefully, in so doing, I can dispel some of the clouds surrounding the process. Carbon, as you may know, is an abundant natural element that can be found in our atmosphere, oceans, and in all living creatures. An extremely rare carbon isotope is carbon sometimes abbreviated 14C or C , which amounts to about one in a trillion carbon atoms.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that creationists at the Institute for Creation Research ICR have been trying desperately to discredit this method for years. They have their work cut out for them, however, because radiocarbon C dating is one of the most reliable of all the radiometric dating methods. This article will answer several of the most common creationist attacks on carbon dating, using the question-answer format that has proved so useful to lecturers and debaters. How does carbon dating work?
Ignorant evolutionists, however, think carbon 14 dating proves evolution, and continue to make that claim. We have the facts in carbon dating and fossils. There must be many ignorant evolutionists out there.