And that carbon that you did have at you're death is going to decay via beta decay-- and we learned about this-- back into nitrogen The first such published sequence, based on bristlecone pine tree rings, was created by Wesley Ferguson. Potassium is another radioactive element naturally found in your body and has a half-life of 1. There are several other possible sources of error that need to be considered. Well, if you know that all living things have a certain proportion of carbon in their tissue, as kind of part of what makes them up, and then if you were to find some bone-- let's just say find some bone right here that you dig it up on some type of archaeology dig. It is free. Libby was granted the Nobel Prize for his work in ; the method then became a standard tool for archaeologists.
And this is actually called a half life.
Once produced, the 14 C quickly combines with the oxygen in the atmosphere to form first carbon monoxide CO and ultimately carbon dioxide CO 2. Dating a Fossil. The reliability of the results can be improved by lengthening the testing time. Related " ". Log In via Login Sign Up.