Why is there Carbon 14 in Dinosaur bones? Is it possible that it is background Carbon 14, or is it a contaminate? This article deals in depth with claims of certain creationist researchers that C14 was found in dinosaur bones. Good article, which points out the sad negative effect that such willful misrepresention has on the gospel message. Also, just to be clear, there are no dinosaur bones, only dinosaur fossils, where the original biological carbon has been replaced by minerals, except perhaps in rare cases where trace amounts of collagen may persist. Carbon may also be present through contamination, and through naturally occurring biofilms.
Carbon 14 in Dinosaur bones - Scientific Evidence - The BioLogos Forum
A team of researchers gave a presentation at the Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting in Singapore, August 13—17, at which they gave 14 C dating results from many bone samples from eight dinosaur specimens. It appears that the researchers approached the matter with considerable professionalism, including taking great pains to eliminate contamination with modern carbon as a source of the 14 C signal in the bones. The video of his presentation was up on YouTube at the time of writing this report. The researchers seem to be associated with Catholic creationist groups, which have reported the conference earlier and more vocally than evangelical creationists. Unwilling to challenge the data openly, they erased the report from public view without a word to the authors or even to the AOGS officers, until after an investigation. Indeed, one can go online to see a screen shot of the original program. But going to the official conference site , the talk has clearly been removed.
How Do Scientists Determine the Age of Dinosaur Bones?
Are the results a confirmation of rapid formation of the geologic column as modern sedimentology studies have predicted? Key Words: Radiocarbon dating, dinosaur, bone collagen, organic carbon, bone bio-apatite, fossil wood, amber, megafauna.