What happens to the carbon 14 atoms in living organisms after they die? How does the process of Carbon 14 dating work? Include all steps. In The Source, which broken objects did the team use carbon 14 dating on, and what was the result?
Carbon 14 from living organisms decays at a steady rate after that organism dies. Archeologists can examine the remaining carbon 14 from a sample and compare it to the more stable carbon 12 atoms to help determine the sample's age. In The Source, the archeologists use this method with a charred ram's horn to determine the date of a conflagration. Another time, they use it to determine the site's oldest occupation.
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