Facts about carbon dating

25-Sep-2019 09:18

Prior to the 20th century, estimating the age of ancient fossils or artifacts was considered a job of a paleontologist or archaeologist.

The age of silt layers or rocks was found which served as a reference to the estimate the age of an artifact or a fossil.

One of the mindblowing uses of radioactivity, carbon dating is based on decay rate of carbon’s radioactive isotope C-14 that is absorbed by all the living organisms while alive.

Intrigued by the properties of radiocarbon C-14 (the radioactive isotope of carbon), Libby pioneered the method of radiocarbon dating.The method of carbon dating was based on the true fact that the atmosphere formed radiocarbon from the interaction of atmospheric nitrogen and cosmic rays.