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What the heck is carbon dating?

What the heck is carbon dating?

A primer on paleontologists’ favorite time-stamping technique

Carbon dating reshapes entire cultures. It has discredited the authenticity of the Shroud of Turin, given voice to the Philistines, a civilization rarely allowed to tell their own history, and time-stamped the arrival of humans in the Americas. But for all its social implications, carbon dating is strictly math and chemistry. Specifically, the math of ratios and the chemistry of carbon-14.

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