Be cautious of accepting a carbon age One should not accept any age from a dating method, including carbon dating, without knowing exactly how the dating method works and its limitations.
C-14 is formed in the earth’s upper atmosphere as a consequence of cosmic radiation bombardment.
Ironically, despite its popularity, it is also one of the most misunderstood methods of dating.
Many people mistakenly believe carbon dating can be used to date objects that are millions or even billions of years old.
While this doesn’t render the dating method useless, it does bring its overall accuracy into question.
How radioactive carbon is formed Normal carbon atoms weigh 12 atomic mass units, while a radioactive form of carbon weighs 14 atomic mass units, which is called carbon-14 (C-14). It is estimated that only one out of every trillion carbon atoms is C-14.