Reasons why carbon dating is inaccurate
“If you’re trying to look at archaeological sites at the order of 30,000 or 40,000 years ago, the ages may shift by only a few hundred years but that may be significant in putting them before or after changes in climate,” he says.
Take the extinction of Neanderthals, which occurred in western Europe less than 30,000 years ago.
Because I have a learning disability that makes spatial relations almost impossible for me to understand, I still do not have a driver’s license, but I take public transportation like a pro and pride myself on being consistently punctual.
In no way is a car/license necessary for what I do.
Organisms capture a certain amount of carbon-14 from the atmosphere when they are alive.He nags me about it on a regular basis, and when I brush him off “but the bus/train is so convenient!” he’ll actually argue with me, saying that no, public transportation is unreliable, etc. I’ve actually heard him whisper to other coworkers about it, how he’d never let his kids go so long without learning how to drive.As a rule, carbon dates are younger than calendar dates: a bone carbon-dated to 10,000 years is around 11,000 years old, and 20,000 carbon years roughly equates to 24,000 calendar years.The problem, says Bronk Ramsey, is that tree rings provide a direct record that only goes as far back as about 14,000 years.