Who does carbon dating of wood
For radiocarbon dating to be reliable scientists need to make a number of vital assumptions.
Radiocarbon or C14 dating employs complex systems of measuring the unstable isotopes in once living matter.
There are three forms of carbon that naturally occur forming the building blocks of all plant and animal life.
These atoms rapidly decay into radiocarbon-dioxide and along with ordinary CO2 are absorbed by living plants.
As plants enter the human and animal food chains the C14 dioxide enters their living tissue.