How old is the earth according to carbon dating
In principle, any material of plant or animal origin, including textiles, wood, bones and leather, can be dated by its content of carbon 14, a radioactive form of carbon in the environment that is incorporated by all living things.
Because it is radioactive, carbon 14 steadily decays into other substances.
Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.
Instead, it’s been placed on life support, revived and even strengthened by zealots who promote a painfully literal interpretation of the Bible.
It’s another in our series of roundly discredited theories, myths, and rumors — ones that have pretty much no leg to stand on, but still, despite this fact, continue to be believed and propagated by far, far more people than we would like to admit.
Like a flat earth, a faked moon landing, or the existence of Bigfoot, this theory coming up has been roundly disproved by countless scientists, and, in a more rational world, wouldn’t even be a topic of discussion.
The fact is, carbon dating can only be used to date things up to approximately 50,000 years old.
In fact, if an object contains (radioactive) carbon, this should be a clue that the object may not be any older than 50,000 years.