Carbon Dating And Dinosaurs

How old are the dinosaurs?  Are they millions of years old?  Are they billions of years old?  Could it be possible that they are only thousands of years old?  The truth is that various dating methods give wildly different results when dinosaur bones are tested.  So what are we to believe?  In particular, some very, very interesting results have come back when dinosaur bones have been tested using carbon-14 dating.  It turns out that according to carbon-14 dating, dinosaur bones are just thousands of years old – not millions or billions of years old.  If you have never heard about this before, then what you are about to read is really going to challenge you.  There is a reason why many scientists claim that carbon-14 dating should not be used to test really old specimens.  It is because carbon-14 dating shows that those specimens are far, far younger than they are “supposed” to be.

The following is from an article by Eric Lyons for Apologetics Press….

In June of 1990, Hugh Miller submitted two dinosaur bone fragments to the Department of Geosciences at the University in Tucson, Arizona for carbon-14 analysis. One fragment was from an unidentified dinosaur. The other was from an Allosaurus excavated by James Hall near Grand Junction, Colorado in 1989. Miller submitted the samples without disclosing the identity of the bones. (Had the scientists known the samples actually were from dinosaurs, they would not have bothered dating them, since it is assumed dinosaurs lived millions of years ago—outside the limits of radiocarbon dating.) Interestingly, the C-14 analysis indicated that the bones were from 10,000-16,000 years old—a far cry from their alleged 60-million-year-old age (see Dahmer, et al., 1990, pp. 371-374).

What is C-14 doing in coal, diamonds, and dinosaur fossils, if these objects are really many millions of years old? Richard Dawkins declared that C-14 dating “is useful for dating organic material on the archaeological/historical timescale where we are dealing in hundreds or a few thousands of years,” not millions of years (1986, p. 226, emp. added). Yet, “readily detectable amounts of carbon-14,” even in coal, diamonds, and various fossils, “have been the rule rather than the exception” in recent years (DeYoung, 2005, p. 49). Why?

Perhaps many of our scientists should not be parading their pet theories as “facts” until more evidence comes in.

Way too many numbskulls are running around proclaiming that they know exactly when the dinosaurs lived when they know no such thing.

So what do you think about carbon dating and dinosaurs?  Please feel free to post a comment with your thoughts below….