Carbon dating has given archeologists a more accurate method by which they can determine the age of ancient artifacts.
Libby invented carbon dating for which he received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1960.
Carbon-14 can yield dates of only “thousands of years” before it all breaks down.
Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.
Many people have been led to believe that radiometric dating methods have proved the earth to be billions of years old.
In the case of radiocarbon dating, the half-life of carbon 14 is 5,730 years.
This half life is a relatively small number, which means that carbon 14 dating is not particularly helpful for very recent deaths and deaths more than 50,000 years ago.