carbon-14 dating


A technique used to determine the age of an organic object by measuring the amount of the radioactive isotope 14C in the object. While an organism is alive, it maintains a constant amount of 14C, but once an organism dies, the 14C that was present at the time of death decays. Also called 14C-dating or radiocarbon dating.

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