Through photosynthesis carbon dioxide enters plants and algae, bringing radiocarbon into the food chain.Radiocarbon then enters animals as they consume the plants (figure 2).
The field of radiocarbon dating has become a technical one far removed from the naive simplicity which characterized its initial introduction by Libby in the late 1940's.
It is, therefore, not surprising that many misconceptions about what radiocarbon can or cannot do and what it has or has not shown are prevalent among creationists and evolutionists - lay people as well as scientists not directly involved in this field.
About one carbon nucleus in a trillion contains two extra neutrons, giving a mass of 14.
This carbon-14 is radioactive and decays with a half-life of 5730 years.
In the following article, some of the most common misunderstandings regarding radiocarbon dating are addressed, and corrective, up-to-date scientific creationist thought is provided where appropriate. Radiocarbon is used to date the age of rocks, which enables scientists to date the age of the earth.