For example, this study shows detectable levels of carbon-14 in a range of carbon-containing materials that are supposedly 1-500 million years old.
As a result, it is always possible that they are not as reliable as they seem.
However, as time has gone on, more people have been looking for carbon-14 in carbon-containing materials that are supposed to be millions of years old, and the results are becoming more and more convincing.
The most recent set of studies was presented at the joint meeting of the Asia Oceanic Geosciences Society and the American Geophysical Union (AOGS–AGU) that was held on August 13-17, 2012 in Singapore.
As I have noted previously, it’s a wonderful time to be a young-earth creationist.
All sorts of interesting data are being uncovered that challenge the supposedly “rock-solid” idea that the earth is billions of years old.
One of the more recent developments is the carbon dating of bones and other carbon-containing materials that are supposedly millions of years old.
Carbon dating uses the radioactive decay of carbon-14 into nitrogen-14, which currently has a half-life of 5,730 years.
This means that in old-earth terminology, carbon-14 decays “quickly.” Thus, if a bone (or some other material that is made of carbon) is really millions of years old and hasn’t been contaminated, you wouldn’t expect to find any carbon-14 in it.
The carbon-14 should have long since decayed to the point where it is no longer detectable, even with the best scientific instruments we have today.
However, creation scientists have carbon-dated fossils, diamonds, and coal that are all supposed to be millions of years old.
Nevertheless, they all have detectable amounts of carbon-14 in them.