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Different dating methods fossils

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Radiocarbon dating involves determining the age of an ancient fossil or specimen by measuring its carbon-14 content.

Further, he proposed that wherever uncontorted layers were exposed, the bottom layer was deposited first and was, therefore, the oldest layer exposed; each succeeding layer, up to the topmost one, was progressively younger.

The Major Divisions of Geologic Time are shown here, arranged in chronological order with the oldest division at the bottom, the youngest at the top. Specifically, stratigraphy refers to the application of the Law of Superposition to soil and geological strata containing archaeological materials in order to determine the relative ages of layers.

[ While this may be true, a shrub in Tasmania could be 40,000 years old.