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Q: How can carbon -14 help in determining the age of a fossil?
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What are two ways scientist determine age?

Carbon dating is the first method which involves use of carbon isotope C-14. Another is determining the depth of the fossil.

Which radioactive isotope is most often used when determining the age of fossil bones found in sediments deposited during the Holocene Epoch?

carbon 14

How do you measure the age of a fossil?

I don't really know how it works or what it entails, but there's a process called carbon dating that's frequently mentioned to determine the age of various objects. I'm not sure exactly, but it involves determining the half-life of one of the elements in the fossil, and then determining how long ago it started to decay.

How do you determine the age of a fossil?

carbon dating

How do scientists estimate the age in years of a fossil?

Scientists can use carbon dating to determine the age of a fossil.

How does knowing the age of the rock in which the fossil was found help scientists determine the age of the fossil?

Knowing the age of the rock the fossil was found in is important because the age of the rock and the age of the fossil are usually about the same.

Technique for determining the age of organic remains?

radio carbon dating

What is the process of how a scientist can estimate the age of fossil?

carbon dating

How can the age of a fossil be accepted as reliable?

Carbon dating can give an educated guess of the age of carbon tested and then be cross referenced with other fossil records. This is accepted by most, but not all, to be reliable.

How do scientists used carbon dating?

It involves determining the age of an ancient fossil or specimen by measuring its carbon-14 content. Carbon-14, or radiocarbon, is a naturally occurring radioactive isotope that forms when cosmic rays in the upper atmosphere strike nitrogen molecules, which then oxidize to become carbon dioxide.

How rocks layer useful in determining the age of the earth?

they are useful by showing where the fossil is buried then on that certain layer, it will be studied to know the age.

How do fossil help scientist?

they can find out the age of rock layer the fossil was found in

How can the most accurate age of a fossil be estimated?

Carbon dating techniques

What is a worked example of carbon dating?

For example the age of a fossil bone.

What method could be used determine the age of the fossil?

carbon dating

Is carbon dating the amount of radium in a fossil?

No, carbon dating is the amount of an isotope of carbon in a fossil, Carbon 14. The amount of Carbon 14 is predictable over a time line, and the area of the time line the amount of C14 that occurs in that fossil will be a fairly accurate indication of it's approzimate age.

What radioactive element is best suited for determining the age of wooden tools used by prehistoric humans during the last ice age?

carbon-14 carbon-14 carbon-14 carbon-14 carbon-14

How can we determine the age of ancient objects and rocks?

Carbon dating is a common way of determining the age of ancient objects.

Geologists used it to discover the age of fossil?

Carbon-14. An isotope of Carbon-12 that is used in a process called "Carbon Dating".

Which fact about fossils is MOST important to scientists who study evolution?

The fact about fossils that is the most important to scientists who study evolution is their age. Advancements in carbon dating has made age determining possible. By knowing the age of a fossil, scientist are able to determine migratory and evolutionary phenomenon.

Could scientist determine the age of a fossil?

of course they can by carbon-14 dating.

How is the age of a fossil estimated?

A tiny sliver is taken and carbon dating is done on it. The higher the carbon count the older the item.

What type of fossil dating uses half life to determine age?

Carbon dating

What two methods are used to determine the age of a rock or fossil?

There are two methods used to determine the age of a rock or fossil. The first is carbon dating and the second is radiometric dating.

How do scientists confirm the age of fossils?

I can answer part of this question. If they can scientists use carbon dating to find the closest age of the fossil. If carbon dating is not possible they use a different technique such as this: If they look at the layers of the rocks, the rocks before and after the layer of rock the fossil was found in, can show an estimate of how old the fossil can be if they know the age of the rock layers before and after its layer.