Carbon 14 dating fossils what is dating mean


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Other critics, perhaps more familiar with the data, question certain aspects of the quality of the fossil record and of its dating.

These skeptics do not provide scientific evidence for their views.

New discoveries have filled in the gaps, and shown us in unimaginable detail the shape of the great ‘tree of life’.

Darwin and his contemporaries could never have imagined the improvements in resolution of stratigraphy that have come since 1859, nor guessed what fossils were to be found in the southern continents, nor predicted the huge increase in the number of amateur and professional paleontologists worldwide.

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Since then, geologists have made many tens of thousands of radiometric age determinations, and they have refined the earlier estimates.

These demonstrate that, of course, we do not know everything (and clearly never will), but we know enough.