Problems with relative dating techniques


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In fact, organic samples from every portion of the Phanerozoic record (spanning the last 500 million years on OE dating) show detectable amounts of C-14.

The implication is that this organic material was either contaminated by new C-14, or it was buried much more recently and OE dating methods are suspect.

In some cases these astronomical cycles in rock appear to have been laid down over some 25 million years (and radiometric dating puts the absolute age of the rock at some 200 million years).

Dating Anomalies Here we outline a few dating methods or 'clocks' that present a dating anomaly when referenced to the widely accepted OE age of 4.6 billion years. At the outset we note C-14 cannot be used to directly date the earth for the simple reason that the unstable C-14 isotope has a half-life of just 5,730 years.

Most people accept the current old-earth (OE) age estimate of around 4.6 billion years.