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Radiocarbon dating uses the carbon-14 isotope in organic material to work out the ages of once-living things.

Since 1977, the isotope atoms have been counted directly, making the dating much more accurate.The C-14 decays with the beta particle, and you have some detection equipment and you count the C-14s one by one.Accelerator mass spectrometry is not dependent upon the radioactive decay.Also shown are views of bone preparation at the Waikato Radiocarbon Dating Laboratory.DR CHRISTINE PRIOR In conventional radiocarbon dating, you’re measuring the presence of the C-14 when you measure the radioactive decay.The timeline below lets you see aspects of Athol's life and work, and how his findings changed scientific thinking.

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