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Click on the "Show Movie" button below to view this animation.C-14 Decay Profile Clicking on the "Show Movie" button below will bring up an animation that illustrates how a C-14 sample is processed and the calculations involved in arriving at a date. It's development revolutionized archaeology by providing a means of dating deposits independent of artifacts and local stratigraphic sequences.

The C-14 within an organism is continually decaying into stable carbon isotopes, but since the organism is absorbing more C-14 during its life, the ratio of C-14 to C-12 remains about the same as the ratio in the atmosphere.Samples from the past 70,000 years made of wood, charcoal, peat, bone, antler or one of many other carbonates may be dated using this technique.Dedicated at the University of Chicago on October 10, 2016.But while the difficulties of single life may be intractable, the challenge of determining the age of prehistoric artifacts and fossils is greatly aided by measuring certain radioactive isotopes.Until this century, relative dating was the only technique for identifying the age of a truly ancient object.

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