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Fortunately, we are able to date older fossils using the radiometric breakdown of other elements (Potassium-Argon dating, Argon-Argon dating, and Rubidium dating [I'm writing this without any refs - so this last one might be wrong]).Usually the radioactive 'clocks' for these elements are started when the elements are deposited by a volcanic eruption (usually in the form of ash).Here are the half-lives of some other radioactive elements: These are said to be used in dating techniques of gas formation light emission called thermoluminescence).Besides thermoluminescence there is also the measurement of the ratio of the radioactive material to its decay elements.The Christian Creationists have criticized it on the grounds that it is inaccurate.But these inaccuracies are the result of variation in the level of Carbon 14 in the atmosphere, and when this is worked out (through calibration with tree rings of the bristlecone pine, the oldest living organism) precise dates can be had.So a 40,000 year C-14 date and a 60,000 year thermoluminescence date could easily come from the same strata, right next to each other, and possibly reflect a date of anything between 30,000 and 70,000 calendar years depending on the standard deviations of your dates.Some thermoluminescence dates that are in the order of 50,000 years /- 25,000 years, which with a two standard deviation limit puts it anywhere between yesterday and 100,000 years ago.

Dates were estimated according to the supposed rate of deposition of rocks, and figures of several hundred million years were bandied out; usually arrived at through inspired guesswork rather than anything else.By comparing the proportion of the two, one can work out how old the deposit is.If the sample is 75% U-235 and 15% Lead (and 10% other), then the sample is approximately 300 mya.Of course C-14 would never be of any use for dating dinosaur bearing deposits, unless you want everything to date to around 40,000 years!Radio-Carbon dating can be used for dates up to ~80,000 years ago.

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