At least to the uninitiated, carbon dating is generally assumed to be a sure-fire way to predict the age of any organism that once lived on our planet.
Without understanding the mechanics of it, we put our blind faith in the words of scientists, who assure us that carbon dating is a reliable method of determining the ages of almost everything around us.
For over 50 years, scientists and researchers have relied on carbon dating to find the exact age of organic matter. Furthermore, the ratio is known to fluctuate significantly over relatively short periods of time (e.g. Unfortunately the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14 has yet to reach a state of equilibrium in our atmosphere; there is more carbon-14 in the air today than there was thousands of years ago.Specifically, each nucleus will lose an electron, a process which is referred to as decay.This rate of decay, thankfully, is constant, and can be easily measured in terms of ‘half-life’.