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G1214:  A freshly killed seal was C-14 dated at 1,300 years old.


Edited by Greg Neyman



Hovind claims that a freshly killed seal was carbon dated at 1300 years old

Source:   Hovind, Kent, n.d. Doesn't carbon dating or potassium argon dating prove the Earth is millions of years old?




  1. Both samples come from instances where "dead carbon" has been incorporated by the seal.  This is known as the "reservoir effect."  In essence, Antarctica sea water has significantly lower carbon-14 content than the rest of the worlds oceans.  Old carbon dioxide is present within deep ocean water

  2. Scientists know about this problem, and understand the limitations of testing.  These limitations affect the samples tested, and not the carbon-dating process.  There is nothing wrong with the process


To learn more on this topic, read the rebuttal.

Radiocarbon Dating (Wikipedia)



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