When sampled, the fossil wood readily splintered, diagnostic of it still being ‘woody’ in spite of its impregnation with iron minerals during fossilisation.
magazine has been continuously published since 1978, we are publishing some of the articles from the archives for historical interest, such as this.
Before we get into the details of how radiometric dating methods are used, we need to review some preliminary concepts from chemistry.
Recall that atoms are the basic building blocks of matter.
Radiometric dating remains a reliable scientific method.
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The topic of radiometric dating 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.
Scientists use a technique called radiometric dating to estimate the ages of rocks, fossils, and the earth.They want to know if it is accurate or if it works at all.Worse still, sometimes they want to know how evolutionists use Carbon-14 to date dinosaur fossils!All the fossil wood samples were from short broken lengths of what were probably branches of trees fossilised .The woody internal structure was clearly evident, thus the samples were not the remains of roots that had grown into this weathered rock from trees on the present land surface.