The most widely known form of radiometric dating is carbon-14 dating.
This is what archaeologists use to determine the age of human-made artifacts. The half-life of carbon-14 is only 5,730 years, so carbon-14 dating is only effective on samples that are less than 50,000 years old.
Jeder – wirklich jeder, hat ihr realistische Chancen ein Date klarzumachen.
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Some of the isotopes used for this purpose are uranium-238, uranium-235 and potassium-40, each of which has a half-life of more than a million years.
Unfortunately, these elements don't exist in dinosaur fossils themselves.
Some scientists prefer the terms chronometric or calendar dating, as use of the word "absolute" implies an unwarranted certainty of accuracy.
Understanding the ages of related fossil species helps scientists piece together the evolutionary history of a group of organisms.