How is carbon dating used

Carbon dating is used by archeologists to date trees, plants, and animal remains; as well as human artifacts made from wood and leather; because these items are generally younger than 50,000 years.

This new method was based on gas and liquid scintillation counting and these methods are still used today, having been demonstrated as more accurate than Libby's original method (3).

Willard Libby would receive a Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1960.

The next big step in the radiocarbon dating method would be Accelerated Mass Spectrometry which was developed in the late 1980s and published its first results in 1994 (3).

Over time, carbon-14 decays radioactively and turns into nitrogen.

A living organism takes in both carbon-12 and carbon-14 from the environment in the same relative proportion that they existed naturally.

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