radiocarbon dating


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radiocarbon-date \ ˌrā-​dē-​ō-​ˈkär-​bən-​ˈdāt How to pronounce radiocarbon dating (audio) \ transitive verb

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Recent Examples on the Web Using radiocarbon dating to estimate how old Greenland sharks were for a 2016 study, researchers discovered the underwater creatures lived to be at least 272 years old, with the largest of the group clocking in at around 392 years old. Megan Marples, CNN, 11 July 2021 As Becky Ferreira reports for Vice, scientists used radiocarbon dating and other tests to determine that someone carved the bone 51,000 years ago—at least a millennium before modern humans arrived in the area. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 July 2021 In Oceania, detailed archaeological studies, backed up by radiocarbon dating, reveal a very different history. Adam Kuper, WSJ, 25 June 2021 Modern skeletal and comparative textile analyzes together with radiocarbon dating confirmed their authenticity. David Nikel, Forbes, 9 May 2021 This is because radiocarbon dating is not ideal for Bokoni. Alex Schoeman, Quartz, 29 May 2021 Direct radiocarbon dating of the bone fragments revealed these individuals lived from 34,000 to 3400 years ago. Ann Gibbons, Science | AAAS, 27 May 2021 The find ended up at the Bell Museum, whose staff sent it to California for radiocarbon dating. Erin Adler, Star Tribune, 19 May 2021 Final population estimates employed radiocarbon dating and historical archives, as well as ethnographic estimates based on the size of small neighborhood temples that probably each served about 500 people. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 May 2021

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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