Radioactive dating is more accurate than relative dating because
This is done by chemical analyses in specially equipped laboratories with sophisticated instruments capable of very good accuracy and precision.
So, in general, few people quarrel with the resulting chemical analyses.
The nucleus contains protons (tiny particles each with a single positive electric charge) and neutrons (particles without any electric charge).
Orbiting around the nucleus are electrons (tiny particles each with a single electric charge).
Ages of many millions of years for rocks and fossils are glibly presented as fact in many textbooks, the popular media, and museums. One has only to wait: time itself performs the miracles.”1 Yet few people seem to know how these radiometric dating methods work.
For decades, the biologists have boldly proclaimed that, whereas we cannot observe today one type of creature evolving into a totally different type of creature, “Time is the hero of the plot. No one even bothers to ask what assumptions drive the conclusions.
So let’s take a closer look at these methods and see how reliable they really are.
However, while the number of neutrons varies, every atom of any chemical element always has the same number of protons and electrons.
So, for example, every carbon atom contains six protons and six electrons, but the number of neutrons in each nucleus can be six, seven, or even eight.Rather, it is a transmutation process of changing one element into another.