Our understanding of the shape and pattern of the history of life depends on the accuracy of fossils and dating methods.
Some critics, particularly religious fundamentalists, argue that neither fossils nor dating can be trusted, and that their interpretations are better.
New discoveries have filled in the gaps, and shown us in unimaginable detail the shape of the great ‘tree of life’.
Darwin and his contemporaries could never have imagined the improvements in resolution of stratigraphy that have come since 1859, nor guessed what fossils were to be found in the southern continents, nor predicted the huge increase in the number of amateur and professional paleontologists worldwide.
C at all if they really were over a billion years old, yet the radiocarbon lab reported that there was over 10 times the detection limit. Take advantage of this free information but please support CMI as God provides.
Thus they had a radiocarbon ‘age’ far less than a million years!
So Curtis and others redated the KBS tuff using selected pumice and feldspar samples, and obtained an age of 1.82 million years.
This new date agreed with the appearance of the new skull.
But subsequent investigations have revealed it to be wholly inadequate for accurate dating of ancient materials. evolution—a Creation-Evolution Encyclopedia, brought to you by Creation Science Facts. This is because, with a half-life of only 5,730 years, initial radiocarbon in a fossil decreases in about ten half-lives to a level too low to be measured."—Robert E.Current understanding of the history of life is probably close to the truth because it is based on repeated and careful testing and consideration of data.The rejection of the validity of fossils and of dating by religious fundamentalists creates a problem for them: Fossil sequences were recognized and established in their broad outlines long before Charles Darwin had even thought of evolution.Thus they probably formed at a depth of 100–200 km.Geologists believe that the ones we find must have been transported supersonically to the surface, in extremely violent eruptions through volcanic pipes.