Carbon dating fallacy
Now, however, a team led by Christopher Bronk Ramsey of the University of Oxford has examined sediments in a Japanese lake and extended carbon dating to approximately 50,000 years.
The lake was chosen because the bed of the lake is anoxic and its sediments are thought to have been stable and untouched by ice-age glaciers.
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Until now, we have had no detailed record of the C concentration beyond the age of the oldest trees.
These include the starting conditions, the constancy of the rate of decay, and that no material has left or entered the sample.
Furthermore, if a sample has been contaminated, scientists will know about it.
The new calibration will be significant to archeology and studies of climate change. Not an earthshaking discovery, to be sure, but it shows how science progresses, step-by-step, while creationism merely stagnates. Thanks to Rolf Manne of the University of Bergen, Norway, for alerting me to the importance of Bronk Ramsey’s article.
Carbon dating has a certain margin of error, usually depending on the age and material of the sample used.