In particular, how important it is to have a reference to verify ages before you get in trouble. To quote Atomic Robo‘s Brian Clevinger, “What’s particularly frustrating is that it takes so little effort to find the intersection between plausible science and your fiction such that the audience will go along with everything.” I’m here to help though. No, not “Nuke ‘em from orbit” Ripley-style, although I like the way your mind works, but rather the continuous rain of high energy particles blasting from The Great Beyond.
No, I’m not talking about the hypersexualization of 12 year old girls trying to pass for 18. I’m giving you this quick primer on dating methodology, and the humorous ways they fail, for free. By far the biggest source is our own sun, but that just because it’s so close.
There are more than 80 such technologies that are claimed to work.
Prior to looking at the many flaws in the Carbon-14 Dating Technique, it should be noted that no radiometric technique is reliable.
But, then again, elephant seals weren’t really what University of Maine glacial geologist Brenda Hall had set out to find.
He claimed that it was capable of dating animal, plant and human remains of fairly recent origin. As they say on Star Trek, we are all carbon based units.
Laboratory research has shown that the radioactive decay of Carbon-14 occurs in a half-life of 5,73040 years through beta decay that causes the Carbon-14 to revert back to Nitrogen-14.
But underlying all of that is a body of scientific work and assumptions that you’ve conveniently ignored in the interest of “character driven plot”. The atomic fragments of this are still energetic to have a half dozen more of these collisions.
But I have news for you: your characters and your plot make less sense when you take these shortcuts. This is what is known as the “cosmic ray air shower”.