Dating accuracy

Radioactive carbon (Carbon 14) is formed in the upper atmosphere as a byproduct of cosmic radiation.

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They found large variations in the radiocarbon 'dates' of objects of known age sent to 38 radiocarbon 'dating' laboratories around the world.

Thirty-one of the labs gave results that the British group called unsatisfactory.

Radiocarbon dating has somehow avoided collapse onto its own battered foundation, and now lurches onward with feigned consistency.

The implications of pervasive contamination and ancient variations in carbon-14 levels are steadfastly ignored by those who base their argument upon the dates.

...[Some authors have said] they were "not aware of a single significant disagreement" on any sample that had been dated at different labs.

Such enthusiasts continue to claim, incredible though it may seem, that "no gross discrepancies are apparent".Usually a proton is knocked out of the nitrogen atom's nucleus and is replaced with the neutron.The proton takes an electron with it and becomes an atom of hydrogen.Their results were 'two to three times less accurate than implied by the range of error they stated.' They thought the variations might have been caused by poor laboratory standards allowing contamination of the samples.Some scientists believe the problem runs far deeper than this, as the following quote shows: In the light of what is known about the radiocarbon method and the way it is used, it is truly astonishing that many authors will cite agreeable determinations as "proof" for their beliefs...The nitrogen atom, which began with seven protons and seven neutrons, is left with only six protons and eight neutrons.

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