Mammoth carbon dating
Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.
(Photo credit: Semyon Grigoriev/Northeastern Federal University in Yakutsk)Mammoth autopsy The scientists from Siberia soon realized what an exciting find they had.
Be cautious of accepting a carbon age One should not accept any age from a dating method, including carbon dating, without knowing exactly how the dating method works and its limitations.
Many people also don’t realize that carbon dating (along with other radioactive dating methods) is based upon unverifiable assumptions.
Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.
Carbon dating can only be used to date objects that were once living or even apart of a living organism. It cannot be used to directly date inorganic objects, such as rocks (other radioactive dating methods are used to date radioactive rocks).