Absolute and relative dating of fossils
Overview of Methods Superposition Stratigraphy Dendrochronology Radiocarbon C14 Radiometric Dating Methods Obsidian Hydration Dating Paleomagnetic/Archaeomagnetic Luminescence Dating Methods Amino Acid Racemization Fission-track Dating Ice Cores Varves Pollens Corals Cation Ratio Fluorine Dating Patination Oxidizable Carbon Ratio Electron Spin Resonance Cosmic-ray Exposure Dating This is an excellent overview of dating methodologies, and is a chapter in a textbook on Archaeology.You may find it useful for the clear definitions, and for excellent links on a variety of topic.Choose: No Frames Layout Choose: Human Evolution Frames .I have integrated this web page on human evolution into an electronic text, " Nature's Holism - Holism.Archaeological geology as a science had to precede the proposal of evolution, as an understanding of the immense age of the earth is necessary to understand evolution.Cuvier established amongst the scientific community the fact of extinction.Dating is not necessary to demonstrate that evolution is a fact.Chronological sequence is all that is really required.
Without the universal acceptance of the principle of evolution, there is no chance for the serious proposal of holism.
In other words, someone standing at the North Pole on Earth would experience time the same way as someone standing on Mars. When Albert Einstein introduced his Theory of Relativity in the early 20th century, however, he suggested that time wasn't separate from space but connected to it.
Time and space combined to form space-time, and everyone measures his or her own experience in it differently because the speed of light (300,000 km per second) is the same for all observers.
In other words, if all observers have to agree on the speed of light being 300,000 km per second, then they can't agree on the time it takes for other objects to travel relative to them.
Einstein also suggested that space-time wasn't flat, but curved or "warped" by the existence of matter and energy.
Scientists now have accurate methods (see below ) for dating fossils.