Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.
C-14 is formed in the earth’s upper atmosphere as a consequence of cosmic radiation bombardment.
These cosmic rays shatter the nuclei in gas atoms in the upper atmosphere releasing neutrons.
C14 dating can be used to measure ages between some 60.000 and 500 years, which is no more than a geological eye-blink.
Most of the evidence for evolutionary theory comes from comparative genomics, and from palaeontology in combination with various other forms of radiometric dating.
longer beneficial, it was actually detrimental, because the organism required energy to grow these organs, now wasted energy. This organ is now being selected against, organisms that grew smaller ones now had an advantage over ones with larger ones.
So over time, the average size of that organ within the population will shrink, and it will be considered vestigial when it no longer serves its original function.
Even humans contain C-14 because, of course, we also eat either animals or plants (I don’t know what else there is to eat).
Throughout an organism’s life, it is constantly balancing its C-14 decay with intake so that it will always contain C-14.
know the true age, then how can it be trusted to give us the correct age for rocks that had no human observers to record when they formed?
If the methods don’t work on rocks of known age, it is most unreasonable to trust that they work on rocks of unknown age.
Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.