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Misleading results can occur if the index fossils are incorrectly dated.

Stratigraphy and biostratigraphy can in general provide only relative dating (A was before B), which is often sufficient for studying evolution.

Radioactive elements are common only in rocks with a volcanic origin, so the only fossil-bearing rocks that can be dated radiometrically are volcanic ash layers.

Carbon dating uses the decay of carbon-14 to estimate the age of organic materials, such as wood and leather.

The half-life of carbon-14 is 5,730 years, so carbon dating is only relevant for dating fossils less than 60,000 years old.These standard calibration curves assume that at any given time radiocarbon levels are similar and stable everywhere across each hemisphere. "We went looking to test the assumption behind the whole field of radiocarbon dating," Manning said."We know from atmospheric measurements over the last 50 years that radiocarbon levels vary through the year, and we also know that plants typically grow at different times in different parts of the Northern Hemisphere.Strata are differentiated from each other by their different colors or compositions and are exposed in cliffs, quarries, and river banks.These rocks normally form relatively horizontal, parallel layers, with younger layers forming on top.

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