How Is Half Life Used to Date Fossils?

Answer Scientists measure the age of a fossil by studying the amount of certain elements it contains. After an animal or plant dies, particles from the nucleus of an unstable atom, called the parent, migr... Read More »

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How do paleontologists date fossils?

There are two general categories paleontologists can use to date fossils. Absolute dating methods involve measuring radioactive elements and can give us the actual age of an object. Relative dating... Read More »

When do the earliest discovered fossils date back to?

According to Virginia Tech's Research Magazine's Winter 2010 issue, the earliest discovered fossils date to about 600 million years ago. They are embryo microfossils discovered by Shuhai Xiao near ... Read More »

How Are Fossils Used in Science?

Fossils are the traces of an extinct animal or plant which have been preserved on materials such as rocks. Fossilization tends to favor hard body parts such as bones, shell or teeth, and also plant... Read More »

Can the brother date his half-brother's sister?

Your half-brother's sister is your half-sister.You can date anyone you want, as long as you are willing to put up with criticism from others. Taking the dating the next step - to sexual activity- w... Read More »