Determining absolute ages by radiometric dating not compatible dating
And this would also include things like trees and plants, which give us paper and cloth.
Compared to some of the other radioactive isotopes we have discussed, carbon-14's half-life of 5,730 years is considerably shorter, as it decays into nitrogen-14.
So, we start out with two isotopes of uranium that are unstable and radioactive.
They release radiation until they eventually become stable isotopes of lead.
For example, how do we know that the Iceman, whose frozen body was chipped out of glacial ice in 1991, is 5,300 years old?
Well, we know this because samples of his bones and hair and even his grass boots and leather belongings were subjected to radiocarbon dating.
In fact, this form of dating has been used to date the age of rocks brought back to Earth from the moon.