The field of radiocarbon dating has become a technical one far removed from the naive simplicity which characterized its initial introduction by Libby in the late 1940's.
These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.
As plants enter the human and animal food chains the C14 dioxide enters their living tissue.
The most important archaeological dating method is radiocarbon dating.
It is a technique that can yield absolute dates with accuracy up to approximately 5000 years before present.
The age they came back with was only a few thousand years old. And kept their theory that dinosaurs lived "millions of years ago" instead. They then use potassium argon, or other methods, and date the fossils again.
This date did not fit the preconceived notion that dinosaurs lived millions of years ago. They do this many times, using a different dating method each time.
What would happen if a dinosaur bone were carbon dated?
- At Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Scientists dated dinosaur bones using the Carbon dating method.
These two measures of time will only be the same if all of the assumptions which go into the conventional radiocarbon dating technique are valid.