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Is carbon dating a reliable method for determining the age of things?

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Carbon dating, or radiocarbon dating, like any other laboratory testing technique, can be extremely reliable, so long as all of the variables involved are controlled and understood. read more

Another complicating factor is that carbon dating is based on the loss of carbon-14. So obtaining an accurate age depends on the assumption of how much carbon-14 was in the atmosphere at the time the organism died. Complicating things further, the Earth's concentration of carbon-14 changes based on a variety of factors. read more

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