“The accelerator mass spectrometer allows scientists to analyze the bones of the ancient Maya without severely damaging them.
The new technique can date carbon samples weighing only a few milligrams; a specimen the size of a match head will do” (“Oldest Known Maya: Not Quite So Old,” , November 1990).
What many do not realize is that carbon dating is not used to date dinosaurs. Carbon dating is only accurate back a few thousand years.
So if scientists believe that a creature lived millions of years ago, then they would need to date it another way. They assume dinosaurs lived millions of years ago (instead of thousands of years ago like the bible says).
14C, with a half-life of 5730 years, decays back to 14N …
As long as the production rate remains constant, the radioactivity of natural carbon remains constant because [the] rate of production balances the rate of decay.
These ‘ages’ are, of course, preposterous [since we know the rock formed recently]. Such examples serve to illustrate the fallibility of the dating methods on which many modern scientists rely so heavily.
The fundamental dating assumption (‘no radiogenic argon was present when the rock formed’) is questioned by these data. Helens dacite argue that significant ‘excess argon’ was present when the lava solidified in 1986 … Helens dacite causes the more fundamental question to be asked—how accurate are K-Ar ‘ages’ from the many other phenocryst-containing lava flows worldwide? They ignore evidence that does not fit their preconceived notion.What would happen if a dinosaur bone were carbon dated?The 14C in dead tissues continually decreases by radioactive decay” (Brian Skinner and Stephen Porter, 1989, pp. By measuring the amount of carbon-14 and comparing that amount to the original, scientists can obtain a date for the death of the organism.However, there are many problems with the dates obtained through this method. Carbon-14 dating methods are obviously affected by the environment.” (Stephen Austin, “Excess Argon within Mineral Concentrates from the New Dacite Lava Dome at Mount St.