It then enters the lower atmosphere and gets distributed, forming carbon dioxide in the process.
Carbon dating is a widely used technique to determine the age of archeological objects, fossils, or any remnant from the past. The method was developed by Willard Libby and his associates, in 1949.
The impact of this technique on the world of science, led to Libby being awarded the Nobel prize in chemistry, in 1960.
Limitations of the Technique Every scientific method has its limitations.
This is because the fundamental assumptions or axioms, on which a method like carbon dating is based, are only approximately true or accurate.
This may lead to an inaccurate determination of age. However, error in determination of age, by carbon dating methods can be compensated by using other dating techniques, which use radioactive elements, other than carbon.
This dating technique is inaccurate at times but its error levels are very low and certainly not inaccurate enough to be called wrong.
Radiocarbon dating can easily establish that humans have been on the earth for over twenty thousand years, at least twice as long as creationists are willing to allow.
Therefore it should come as no surprise that creationists at the Institute for Creation Research (ICR) have been trying desperately to discredit this method for years.
Hence, the ages are specified as 3400 BP (3400 years BP). The flaw in this method is that it assumes that the carbon-14/carbon-12 ratio has been the same till 1950, which is not the case in reality.
However, this problem is taken care of, by calibration curves, which account for the change in the ratio.
However, in reality the ratio varies with time and place.