Carbon 14 Dating of Dinosaur Bones

carbon-14-decayCarbon 14 (C-14) dating is used to establish the age of skeletons, fossils, and other items composed of material that was once alive. Very precise analysis from modern mass spectrometers can establish the date the living material in the sample stopped taking in carbon from the environment (the point of death). Because C-14 has such a short half-life (radioactively decaying into Nitrogen 14), all original C-14 should have disappeared well before 100,000 years. But careful analysis by researchers has substantiated the presence of Carbon 14 in dinosaur bones. Critics suggested that the samples became contaminated with modern Carbon 14. However, Carboniferous coal was carefully extracted from deep within mines (far below the layers containing dinosaur remains) and fully sealed till lab analysis. It was found to still contain Carbon 14! (Baumgardner, et. al., “Measurable 14C in Fossilized Organic Materials,” Fifth ICC Paper, August 2003.)

In 2012, researchers analyzed multiple dinosaur bone samples from Texas, Alaska, Colorado, and Montana. C-14 dating revealed that they are less than 39,000 years old. These remarkable findings were presented by the German physicist Dr. Thomas Seiler at a conference sponsored by the American Geophysical Union (AGU) and the Asia Oceania Geosciences Society (AOGS) in Singapore. But apparently this evidence was unacceptable to influential evolutionists who subsequently found out about it. The abstract was removed from the conference website by two chairmen because they could not accept the findings.  Unwilling to challenge the data openly, they erased the report from public view without a word to the authors or even to the AOGS officers!

In 2015 researchers confirmed C14 in a Triceratops bone from Montana. (Thomas, B. and Nelson, V., “Radiocarbon in Dinosaur and Other Fossils,” CRSQ 51:299–311, ‎‎2015‎.) In 2019 a Centrosaurus bone found in the Dinosaur Park Formation of Alberta, Canada was carbon dated to 33,790 years old. (Saitta, E. T. et al., “Cretaceous Dinosaur Bone Contains Recent Organic Material and Provides an Environment Donducive to Microbial Communities” eLife, 2019.) As the C14 evidence continued to mount up, evolutionists switched tactics from arguing that dinosaur bones are radiocarbon dead to arguing that the radiocarbon has been acquired from the surrounding environment due to bacteria and radioactive uranium decay. But Uranium from surrounding rocks would produce negligible quantities of C14 and the bacteria hypothesis is problematic. If the radiocarbon was contamination from the environment, it would be expected that there would be more radiocarbon on the outside of the bone than the inside. But this is not the case. When samples are taken from different parts of the same dinosaur bone, they show very good agreement. Carbon 14 dating is evidence that the dinosaur fossils are not millions of years old.