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    Carbondating

    A child mummy is found high in the Andes and the archaeologist says the child lived more than 2,000 years ago.

    How do scientists know how old an object or human remains are?

    Carbon-14 dating is a way of determining the age of certain archeological artifacts of a biological origin up to about 50,000 years old.

    It is used in dating things such as bone, cloth, wood and plant fibers that were created in the relatively recent past by human activities.

    What methods do they use and how do these methods work?

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    Carbon-14 has a half-life of about 5730 years, and therefore it is used to date biological samples up to about 60,000 years in the past. This is how carbon dating works: Carbon is a naturally abundant element found in the atmosphere, in the earth, in the oceans, and in every living creature.C-12 is by far the most common isotope, while only about one in a trillion carbon atoms is C-14.Libby was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for his work in 1960.Carbon dioxide in the atmosphere contains a constant amount of carbon-14, and as long as an organism is living, the amount of carbon-14 inside it is the same as the atmosphere.

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