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Most authorities agree that C-14 decays at such a rate that half of it will be gone in approximately 5,730 years.This means if a specimen contained, say, a pound of C-14 (to make things understandable), in 5,730 years, half of it will be gone, and in another 5,730 years, half of the remaining C-14 will disappear.
Be cautious of accepting a carbon age One should not accept any age from a dating method, including carbon dating, without knowing exactly how the dating method works and its limitations.
Many people also don’t realize that carbon dating (along with other radioactive dating methods) is based upon unverifiable assumptions.
Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.
Many people mistakenly believe carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old.
Misconception #2: Carbon dating can be used to date virtually anything Another misconception people have about carbon dating is that it can be used to date virtually anything.