Question: When do scientists use carbon dating for fossils?

Scientists use carbon dating when determining the age of fossils that are less than 60,000 years old, and that are composed of organic materials such as wood or leather.

Why do scientists use C 14 in dating fossils?

While the most common form of carbon has six neutrons, carbon-14 has two extra. That makes the isotope heavier and much less stable than the most common carbon form. The half-life of carbon-14 is 5,730 years, making it ideal for scientists who want to study the last 50,000 years of history.

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