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Fossil Dating Methods: Pick Your Date, Pick Your Method
We check out the Smithsonian's Human Origins web site to get evidence proving evolution is true. What did we find?
Smithsonian Web Page
The Smithsonian claims human fossils prove evolution actually happened. HOWEVER, the dating of these fossils is crucial in determining what they are... human or ape. The Smithsonian web page describes a number of dating methods, but not how, or with which fossils they were used, nor the results they produced. That's what we'll look at over a series of several 30 SECOND videos. This is the first in which we look at the carbon dating of the Mundo Lake 1 fossil.
Here is a previous Science Pastor video on Carbon 14 dating in general
Carbon dating has been shown to be reliable going back about 3,000 years. Beyond that, the assumptions made in determing the age of an object results in erronious dates. What assumptions? Here are a few:
- The concentration of C14 in the atmosphere has remained the same
- That all organisms take in C14 in the same way, and thus have the same C14 concentration
- The rate of nitrogen to C14 conversation has not changed
- Catastrophic Events (the flood) have not upset the C14 balance
- Volcanic activity has not deluted the C14 at times
Here Is What Happened
First: The bone of the fossil was carbon dated. It was C14 dated at 19,000 years old.
Second: Collagen from the fossil was C14 dated at 26,500 years old. The age of the collagen and bone is exactly the same. They came from the same fossil. But the C14 dating givestwo very different ages. Of course, they go with the older one. The older the better.
Third: There was charcoal in a layer above the fossil. Everything below the charcoal had to be older than the charcoal. The charcoal C14 dated to be 26,500 years old. That meant in both times the fossil was C14 dated the results were wrong. It had to be at least 26,500 years old or older. In other words, the C14 dating was producing unreliable results, BUT older is better (there is more fame and prestige that comes with older fossils) and so the age of the fossil was declared to be 26,500 years.
This is not the end of the story. In the next video we'll take a look at what happened when a different dating method was used.
Additional, More Detailed Information
Carbon-14 Dating Explained in Everyday Terms (CIM Article)
C14 Dating - Who Is Fooling Whom? (CIM Article)
What About Carbon Dating (CIM Book Chapter PDFe)
If you'd like to jump ahead and get all the details, the following article provides that information: The Dating Game (Details About Mungo Woman) (CIM Article)
Image of Mungo Lake in video is by: dfinnecy - Wikkicommons images: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Mungo_lake_1.jpg
THE GOOD NEWS
Before you get the good news, you need to know the bad news. It's about you. God says:
All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin means disobeying God, aka breaking God's law. God is perfect and perfection is required to enter heaven. It's a standard none of us can achieve. We all fall short. For example, compare yourself with just one of the Ten Commandments. Have you ever told a lie?
All liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death. - Revelation 21:8. Or what about:
Have you ever taken something that does not belong to you, no matter how small? Have you ever looked at another person with lust? In Matthew 5 Jesus said:
Everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.' Have you done that?
You have broken God's laws. You have sinned. There must be justice, and that means eternity in hell, the lake of fire, the second death. Unless...
Unless there was someone willing to pay that penalty on your behalf. Someone who will take on themselves the consequences you deserve. And there is. There is one person who can and will do that. That person is Jesus Christ. If you trust this is true (believe), and repent (turn away from disobeying God), Jesus' death is applied to your account and you are freed from the penalty of sin to be with God forever.