Furthermore, if a sample has been contaminated, scientists will know about it.

Ironically, given how supposedly useless carbon dating is claimed to be, Creation Ministries International rests part of their "101 Evidences" on carbon dating being a useful method for within several thousand years.

Climate records from a Japanese lake are set to improve the accuracy of the dating technique, which could help to shed light on archaeological mysteries such as why Neanderthals became extinct.

This of course contradicts claims that the Great Flood messed up how carbon was deposited, destroying their own argument.

Less astute creationists often conflate carbon dating with other forms of radiometric dating, attempting to "disprove" the true age of dinosaur fossils by "refuting" carbon dating.

The technique hinges on carbon-14, a radioactive isotope of the element that, unlike other more stable forms of carbon, decays away at a steady rate.

Organisms capture a certain amount of carbon-14 from the atmosphere when they are alive.

“If you’re trying to look at archaeological sites at the order of 30,000 or 40,000 years ago, the ages may shift by only a few hundred years but that may be significant in putting them before or after changes in climate,” he says.

Take the extinction of Neanderthals, which occurred in western Europe less than 30,000 years ago.• Evolution and morality • Evolution and religion • Evolution conspiracy • Evolutionism • Firmament • Galactocentricity • Geomagnetism • Global flood • Haji Yearam • Hanzi of Genesis • Historical and operational science • Hydroplate theory • In the Beginning: Compelling Evidence for Creation and the Flood • Intelligent design and academic freedom • Irreducible complexity • Leap second • List of creationist claims • Lunar bukkake hypothesis • Lunar dust • Lunar radioactivity • Lunar transient phenomena • Microevolution and macroevolution • Noah's Ark • Noah's Ark sightings • Orchidaceae • Peanut butter argument • Proof of the inconsistency of arithmetic • Recession of the Moon • Rotation of the Earth • Science doesn't know everything • Science was wrong before • Wedge Strategy • White hole cosmology • Baraminology • Didit fallacy • Epic of Gilgamesh • Flood geology • Fossil sorting by the global flood • Global flood • Global flood chronology • God's Love • Grand Canyon • Haji Yearam • Hydroplate theory • Lake Agassiz • Life and the global flood • Lunar bukkake hypothesis • Noah • Noah's Ark • Noah's Ark: A Feasibility Study • Noah's Ark sightings • Noah (film) • Parasites during the global flood • Adam and Evolution: A Scientific Critique of Neo-Darwinism • Appel à la beauté • Argument from beauty • Argument from design • Argument from fine tuning • Argument from first cause • Ask Darwinists • Banana argument • Biological Information: New Perspectives • Cdesign proponentsists • Darwinism Under The Microscope: How Recent Scientific Evidence Points To Divine Design • Evolution Under the Microscope: A Scientific Critique of the Theory of Evolution • Expelled: Leader's Guide • Explanatory Filter • Eye • Falsifiability of creationism • Flagellum • Flowers of asexually-reproducing plants • Intelligent design • Intelligent design and academic freedom • Irreducible complexity • John A.Davison • Mind and Cosmos: Why the Materialist Neo-Darwinian Conception of Nature Is Almost Certainly False • Moody Institute of Science • Polonium halos • Providence Lost: A Critique of Darwinism • Rethinking Darwin: A Vedic Study of Darwinism and Intelligent Design • Seeking God in Science: An Atheist Defends Intelligent Design • Suboptimal design • The Darwin Myth: The Life and Lies of Charles Darwin • The End of Darwinism • The Mystery of Life's Origin: Reassessing Current Theories • The Origin of Human Nature: A Zen Buddhist Looks at Evolution • The Wonders of Creation Reveal God's Glory • Thomas Nagel • Academic Freedom Act • Edwards v.By measuring the ratio of the radio isotope to non-radioactive carbon, the amount of carbon-14 decay can be worked out, thereby giving an age for the specimen in question.But that assumes that the amount of carbon-14 in the atmosphere was constant — any variation would speed up or slow down the clock.As a rule, carbon dates are younger than calendar dates: a bone carbon-dated to 10,000 years is around 11,000 years old, and 20,000 carbon years roughly equates to 24,000 calendar years.