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Radiocarbon Dating Founded on a false belief that levels of carbon isotopes never vary, initial radiocarbon dates were commonly off by hundreds of years.
Because wood can be dated directly and by radiocarbon, scientists used bristlecone pines to calculate a new calibration curve, and convert radiocarbon results into accurate calendar dates.
Greatly simplified, the process samples living and dead trees in a given area.
The tree-ring patterns are matched, and laid down in series, building a continuous timeline of known dates.
Methuselah Methuselah is a bristlecone pine, and the world's oldest living thing.
His growth rings document nearly 47 centuries of survival.
Method A scientific date is either absolute (specific to one point in time) or relative (younger or older than something else).
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