Fossil Fuel Emissions Could Mess With Radiocarbon Dating

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Photo credit: Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Norman invasion of England in the 11th century. Jorisvo/Shutterstock

From ivory to potentially fraudulent artwork, scientists often turn to radiocarbon dating to figure out how old various fossils and artifacts are. But now, carbon dioxide emissions from burning fossil fuels are rapidly altering the atmospheric radiocarbon content. And according to findings published in Proceedings of the National...

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