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For decades, radiocarbon dating has been a way for scientists to get a rough picture of when once-living stuff lived.The method has been revolutionary and remains one of the most commonly used dating methods to study the past. Pearson, an assistant professor of dendrochronology at the University of Arizona, studies the past lives of trees to better understand the history of civilizations.Douglass passed away just two years after Libby received the Nobel Prize for his work in 1960.Radiocarbon Dating Tree Rings Today Today, dendrochronologists all over the world follow in Douglass' footsteps, and whenever it is not possible to use tree-ring dating to place wood samples in time, they use radiocarbon to date wood samples."It can get us to within 20, 50, 100 years or so of dating accuracy." On the scale of the universe, 20, 50 or even 100 years is, for all intents and purposes, nothing. Our galaxy, the Milky Way, is slightly younger, at 13.2 billion years old.The Earth and our moon are both more than four-and-a-half billion years old.Dendrochronology and radiocarbon dating have intertwined histories, she explains, with roots firmly planted at the UA.
Dinosaurs did not appear until 230 million years ago, and ruled the planet for 135 million years.Fifty, 20, or 100 years is a lot of time, wherein a lot can happen.Fifty years is the difference between Alexander Graham Bell's telephone and television.A decade after Douglass's big discovery, two Berkeley scientists took the first step towards an alternative way to date floating chronologies and indeed any other "once-living" thing. Also known as radiocarbon, carbon-14 is a radioactive isotope of carbon with an atomic nucleus of six protons and eight neutrons. They discovered its half-life, or the time it takes for its radioactivity to fall by half once the living thing dies, is 5,730 years (give or take 40).It's unusually long and consistent half-life made it great for dating.