# What is Carbon 14 Dating? What is it used for?

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Feb 29, 2016

Carbon-14 dating is process of determining the age of archaeological artifacts.

#### Explanation:

Carbon-14 dating is used for determining the age of certain archaeological artifacts of biological origin (could be bone, fiber, wood, plant remnants etc.) up to about 50,000 years old.

If a fossil has say 25% of carbon-14 as compared to living sample than it is 11460 years old (as it has one-fourth carbon it is 5730*2=11460 years old).

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