Radioactive carbon dating kids

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In 1949 a scientist called Willard Libby discovered a way of working out how old objects are by measuring what is known as their ‘radiocarbon date’.All objects that have the [infopopup:element] called carbon in them (like plants, animals, clothing, and even humans like you and me!

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Most carbon consists of the isotopes carbon 12 and carbon 13, which are very stable.

This lesson is the third in a three-part series about the nucleus, isotopes, and radioactive decay.