Question: What can carbon-14 dating be used on?

Carbon-14 dating is a way of determining the age of certain archeological artifacts of a biological origin up to about 50,000 years old. It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers that were created in the relatively recent past by human activities.

Can you use carbon-14 dating on things that were never alive?

Physicist: It doesnt. Carbon dating is the most famous form of “radiometric dating”. Carbon-14 is continuously generated in the upper atmosphere when stray neutrons bombard atmospheric nitrogen (which is what most of the atmosphere is).

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