# Radiometric dating of fossils

### Index

- How is absolute dating used to determine the age of fossils?
- How is absolute radiometric dating used to date rocks?
- How do geologists date rocks and fossils?
- Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?
- How do scientists determine the age of a fossil?
- What is absolute dating in geology?
- How do geologists date rocks and fossils?
- What is the difference between absolute age dating and relative age dating?
- How do scientists date rocks and fossils?
- Can scientists tell how old a fossil is?
- How do geologists determine the age of rocks?
- Can we use radiocarbon dating to date fossils?
- Are the criticisms of young Earth creationists scientifically valid?
- Does radiometric dating have any scientific merit?
- Do creationists ever find incorrect radiometric dating results?
- How do radiometric ages agree with geologic mapping?

### How is absolute dating used to determine the age of fossils?

Absolute dating is used to determine a precise age of a fossil by using radiometric dating to measure the decay of isotopes, either within the fossil or more often the rocks associated with it. ... So, often layers of volcanic rocks above and below the layers containing fossils can be dated to provide a date range for the fossil containing rocks.

### How is absolute radiometric dating used to date rocks?

Absolute radiometric dating requires a measurable fraction of parent nucleus to remain in the sample rock. For rocks dating back to the beginning of the solar system, this requires extremely long-lived parent isotopes, making measurement of such rocks exact ages imprecise.

### How do geologists date rocks and fossils?

Using relative and radiometric dating methods, geologists are able to answer the question: how old is this fossil? This page has been archived and is no longer updated Dating Rocks and Fossils Using Geologic Methods

### Why is radiometric dating difficult for young Earth creationists?

Radiometric dating of rocks and minerals using naturally occurring, long-lived radioactive isotopes is troublesome for young-earth creationists because the techniques have provided overwhelming evidence of the antiquity of the earth and life.

### How do scientists determine the age of a fossil?

Absolute dating is used to determine a precise age of a fossil by using radiometric dating to measure the decay of isotopes, either within the fossil or more often the rocks associated with it.

### What is absolute dating in geology?

Absolute Dating. Absolute dating is used to determine a precise age of a rock or fossil through radiometric dating methods. This uses radioactive minerals that occur in rocks and fossils almost like a geological clock.

### How do geologists date rocks and fossils?

Using relative and radiometric dating methods, geologists are able to answer the question: how old is this fossil? This page has been archived and is no longer updated Dating Rocks and Fossils Using Geologic Methods

### What is the difference between absolute age dating and relative age dating?

Relative age dating is used to determine whether one rock layer (or the fossils in it) are older or younger than another base on their relative position: younger rocks are positioned on top of older rocks. Absolute age dating (or, radiometric dating) determines the age of a rock based on how much radioactive material it contains.

### Are the criticisms of young Earth creationists scientifically valid?

However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit. Radiometric dating remains a reliable scientific method. For articles on the RATE project, see the Rate Index.

### Does radiometric dating have any scientific merit?

The topic of radiometric dating (and other dating methods) has received some of the most vicious attacks by young earth creation science theorists. However, none of the criticisms of young earth creationists have any scientific merit.

### Do creationists ever find incorrect radiometric dating results?

Only rarely does a creationist actually find an incorrect radiometric result (Austin 1996; Rugg and Austin 1998) that has not already been revealed and discussed in the scientific literature. The creationist approach of focusing on examples where radiometric dating yields incorrect results is a curious one for two reasons.

### How do radiometric ages agree with geologic mapping?

Third, the radiometric ages agree, within analytical error, with the relative positions of the dated ash beds as determined by the geologic mapping and the fossil assemblages; that is, the ages get older from top to bottom as they should.