Radiocarbon Dating: A Matter of Age and Decay

February 2006
New York State Conservationist;Feb2006, Vol. 60 Issue 4, p6
The article offers information on radiocarbon dating used in determining the age of ancient animal or plant remains. The techniques used by scientists in determining the age of remains of once-living creatures based on the constant rate of radioactive decay of carbon-14 are discussed. The factors which caused complication and affected the accuracy of radiocarbon dating, such as nuclear tests are presented.


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