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 's. It is, therefore, not surprising that many misconceptions about what radiocarbon can or cannot do and what it has or has not shown are prevalent among creationists and evolutionists - lay people as well as scientists not directly involved in this field. In the following article, some of the most common misunderstandings regarding radiocarbon dating are addressed, and corrective, up-to-date scientific creationist thought is provided where appropriate. MYTH 1. Radiocarbon is used to date the age of rocks, which enables scientists to date the age of the earth. Radiocarbon is not used to date the age of rocks or to determine the age of the earth.
Radiocarbon dating samples
Planet Diary Geosphere Activity
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Willard Libby and Radiocarbon Dating
Samples used for radiocarbon dating must be handled carefully to avoid contamination. Not all material can be dated by this method; only samples containing organic matter can be tested: the date found will be the date of death of the plants or animals from which the sample originally came. Samples for dating need to be converted into a form suitable for measuring the 14 C content; this can mean conversion to gaseous, liquid, or solid form, depending on the measurement technique to be used.
But could there be a forensic flaw in measuring carbon dates using conventional methodology? Could dates assigned by that method be vulnerable to faulty assumptions that render them invalid? Indeed they can. The age assignment for certain Viking bones caused a decades-long controversy until the carbon methodology used to date them was recently exposed for its flawed assumptions. A mass burial of to skeletons was discovered in the Derbyshire village of Repton, England, in the s.