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  1. #1 Is Carbon 14 dating reliable for dinosaurs age determination? 
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    Hello everybody,

    I would like to know:how reliable C14 dating is,and could paleontologists determine real age of the dinosaurs?

    Every comment is welcome


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    C14 dating isn't used for fossil age determination.


    As is often the case with technical subjects we are presented with an unfortunate choice: an explanation that is accurate but incomprehensible, or comprehensible but wrong.
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    Carbon 14 dating is only good up to 60,000 years ago.
    Its the way nature is!
    If you dont like it, go somewhere else....
    To another universe, where the rules are simpler
    Philosophically more pleasing, more psychologically easy
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    Quote Originally Posted by river_rat View Post
    C14 dating isn't used for fossil age determination.
    Can you please tell me what method is used for determination for dinosaur fossils and how reliable that is.

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    Thank you both for answers.
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    When a picture is worth 1000 words Evolution 101: Molecular Clocks
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    Quote Originally Posted by river_rat View Post
    When a picture is worth 1000 words Evolution 101: Molecular Clocks
    WOW. great explaining,thanks!
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    If you want a more humorous introduction to carbon dating and the problems with fossils.

    Try this ... Carbon dating doesn't work -- debunked - YouTube
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    Generally methods such as Argon Argon dating are used for Mesozoic ages.
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