Radiocarbon dating dinosaur fossils

02 May

I am still learning about carbon-14 dating (as of early February of 2015), but I have noticed a misconception held by some journalists: Radiocarbon Dating Cannot Prove Millions of Years of age Let’s begin with the words of Paul B.Farrell, a journalist who writes for C dating) cannot place any time frame on anything close to a million years, let alone “65 million years ago.” The maximum age it can date is in tens-of-thousands of years, about a tenth of 1% of the age that Mr. Perhaps Farrell was thinking of other radiometric dating methods and simply confused them with carbon-14 dating. But if I understand what he was trying to portray in his article from which the above words were taken, I would advice him to avoid ridiculing the intelligence of a group of people with whom he disagrees in philosophy. Farrell was wrong, in one sentence, by a factor of about 1,000 times.

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