Start Radioactive carbon dating of fossils

Radioactive carbon dating of fossils

With our focus on one particular form of radiometric dating—carbon dating—we will see that carbon dating strongly supports a young earth.

At any particular time all living organisms have approximately the same ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14 in their tissues.

When an organism dies it ceases to replenish carbon in its tissues and the decay of carbon 14 to nitrogen 14 changes the ratio of carbon 12 to carbon 14.

­ ­As soon as a living organism dies, it stops taking in new carbon.