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There is then a ratio of carbon-14 to carbon-12 in the bodies of plants, humans, and other animals that can fluctuate, but will be fixed at the time of death. The premise behind the method is to determine the ratio of carbon-14 left in organic matter, and by doing so, estimate how long ago death occurred by running the ratio backwards.

After death, the carbon-14 would begin to decay at the rate stated above. The accuracy of this method, however, relies on several faulty assumptions.

For every one trillion carbon-12 atoms, you will find one carbon-14 atoms.The half-life of carbon 14 is approximate 5,730 years.That means if you took one pound of 100 percent carbon-14, in 5,730 years, you would only have half a pound left.We filter these ads as we find them, but this takes time. Carbon-14 dating is the standard method used by scientists to determine the age of certain fossilized remains.As scientists will often claim something to be millions or billions of years old (ages that do not conform to the Biblical account of the age of the earth), Christians are often left wondering about the accuracy of the carbon-14 method.Despite these limitations, radiocarbon dating will often get you a decent ballpark figure.

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