Dating techniques

07 Feb

However, human beings love to see factual precision, and we want to know how old something is.Please remember that all dating methods, even those termed "absolute," are subject to margins of error. That is a very small amount of possible error range. Modern studies almost always use two or more methods to confirm dating work and to build confidence in the results obtained.A fossil can be studied to determine what kind of organism it represents, how the organism lived, and how it was preserved.However, by itself a fossil has little meaning unless it is placed within some context.Later, this date was confirmed by two other dating methods (paleomagnetism and fission tracks), and was widely accepted.Then Richard Leakey found a skull (called KNM-ER 1470) the KBS tuff, a skull that looked far too modern to be 3 million years old.Tests by other scientists using paleomagnetism and fission tracks confirmed the lower date.So by 1980 there was a new, remarkably concordant date for the KBS tuff, and this became the one that was widely accepted.

Stratigraphic dating is based on the principle of depositional superposition of layers of sediments called strata.For each dating or chronological method there is a link in the box at right to take you to that section of this page.There, you will find a brief description of the method, plus links to take you to other webpages with more extensive information.Dating is not necessary to demonstrate that evolution is a fact.Chronological sequence is all that is really required.