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Radiocarbon Dating



A little while ago this website was posted:

http://www.teleport.com/~swc/carbon/radiocar.htm

This site deals with radiocarbon 14 dating, and says the following:

"Whereas once taxonomists
were unsure of the chronology of fossils. Now
taxonomists have a highly reliable method by which
to place fossils In their appropriate order with
respect to time. "

Isn't this wrong?

In "The Handy Science Answer Book", compiled by the Science and Technology
Department of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, it is said on page 197 to
198:

"[carbon 14] Its half-life of 5,730 years made it useful for measureing
prehistory and events occurrring within the past 35 to 50 thousand years.
...  ...  In this way, the age of an animal or plant 50,000 yrears old or
less can be determinded."

The book goes on to tell about other methods of dating that go farther back,
but the point is that unless the "fossils" 50,000 years or less, then carbon
14 doesn't work.  I hope that the site was refering to recent human history,
not dinosaurs or other fossils.

Would finds found in the carbon 14 timespan be called something else besides
"fossils"?
~Brandon Haist