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 The researchers analyzed penguin bones and seashells from ancient Antarctic beaches using radiocarbon dating to reconstruct changes in sea level relative to the coast over 5,000 years, per the statement. Margaret Osborne, Smithsonian Magazine, 21 June 2022 To glean more clues, another option could be radiocarbon dating, a process in which carbon would be measured from organic material (like soft tissue) to determine the subject's age. Maxime Tamsett, CNN, 1 May 2022 Furthermore, radiocarbon dating found that the bones were from 5000 B.C.E. Grrlscientist, Forbes, 12 Apr. 2022 Experts used radiocarbon dating to determine that the 21-inch-long snake dates to the Neolithic period, about 4,000 to 6,000 years ago, and believe that an ancient shaman may have used the object for magical rituals. Isis Davis-marks, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 July 2021 Using radiocarbon dating, the researchers determined that a concentrated group of samples dated back to between 2600 and 2000 BC, although the tombs continued to be reused until around 1,000 years ago. CNN, 16 Jan. 2022 Using radiocarbon dating, the team found that the bands corresponded with years that scientists knew droughts had occurred. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 10 Dec. 2020 Because mud wasps have inhabited the cave for tens of thousands of years, the team was able to use radiocarbon dating to determine the age of 27 nests found beneath and atop 16 of the paintings. Livia Gershon, Smithsonian Magazine, 23 Feb. 2021 Based on radiocarbon dating, they’re believed to be more than 1,000 years old. al, 4 May 2022 See More

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1950, in the meaning defined above

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