Because of fossils we find the accepted model of dinosaur fossilization tells that they were buried rapidly and that rocks are no way to determine their age; if this is true than the argument for millions of years must switch to the Carbon-dating model.
Carbon-dating has been used as proof for millions of years for decades. This measuring “rod” applies as follows:
- Creatures are made with a supply of carbon in them.
- This carbon-14 starts dropping and is replenished with food and other energy intake options.
- When creatures die they begin to lose their carbon-14 at a steady rate (it turns into nitrogen-14).
- Evolutionists take fossils, rocks, etc. and test the amount of carbon-14 in them.
- If a tested specimen has lots of carbon-14 in it, it is young. If it has little, then it is old. The real test is much more specific then that though.
Carbon dating is also inseparable with this topic of dinosaurs. It follows the scientific method as noted in figure 3.
Carbon dating is a nickname for “Carbon-14 Dating” or “Radiocarbon Dating”. These names all suggest the same thing as the above list stated.
When carbon dating is tested scientists observe the amount of carbon left in the specified organism. They take this amount left, calculate how much the creature originally started with, then they use math for the rest.
Carbon-14, as observed today, has a half-life 1of 5,730 years.2 So, in just one million years you should not have any carbon-14 left in an organism, this is because the carbon-14 should have completely turned into nitrogen-14 by then, leaving no traces of itself.
However, scientists observe plenty of carbon-14 in fossilized creatures. In fact, diamonds and coal, supposedly the oldest things on earth, contain large amounts of carbon-14.
Carbon dating also has one other problem. When carbon-14 is observed today it has a half-life of 5,730 but how do scientists know it has always been that way in the past. This would be going back to uniformitarianism and the argument for that has been stated above.
How do scientists know that there hasn’t been a change in the amount of carbon-14 intake of this particular creature? Can they successfully date a creature that has no living specimens that live today?
Conclusion to Carbon-dating methods:
When the argument for carbon-dating is used to support the theory that dinosaurs are millions years old then you know it is invalid since carbon-14 can not be measured accurately, and certainly it wouldn’t remain in an organism for millions of years.
Sources and Footnotes:
1 A half-life is the time it takes for (let’s use carbon-14 for the sake of the discussion) carbon-14 to lose half of its life, or energy. For example, if you have \/ now then you will have a / in 5,730 years.
2 “Carbon-14 dating.” Encyclopædia Britannica. Encyclopædia Britannica 2007 Deluxe Edition. Chicago: Encyclopædia Britannica, 2012. April 3rd, 2012