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radiocarbon dating

The determination of the age of an organic substance by measuring the loss rate of radiocarbon (carbon-14). The method is based on the principle that all living plants and animals take in small amounts of radiocarbon, and the intake ends when they die.
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  • carbon-14 analysis
  • carbon-14 dating
  • carbon dating
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