I picked him to bother with my emails because he had recently written some nice review articles about the AMS technique in the Radiocarbon journal. (Basically there are two ways of measuring C: (1) count the radioactive emissions, or, (2) a newer method, based on separating out the different carbon isotopes by their different masses via accelerator mass spectrometry [AMS] and counting the atoms themselves.) Dr.
From this science, we are able to approximate the date at which the organism were living on Earth.
Radiocarbon dating is used in many fields to learn information about the past conditions of organisms and the environments present on Earth.
Radiocarbon dating (usually referred to simply as carbon-14 dating) is a radiometric dating method.
Stability of a nucleus is dictated by the neutron/proton ratio.
Too large or too small and the nucleus is unstable.