Absolute and relative dating of fossils

Archaeological geology as a science had to precede the proposal of evolution, as an understanding of the immense age of the earth is necessary to understand evolution.

Cuvier established amongst the scientific community the fact of extinction.

Einstein also suggested that space-time wasn't flat, but curved or "warped" by the existence of matter and energy.

For each dating or chronological method there is a link in the box at right to take you to that section of this page.

There, you will find a brief description of the method, plus links to take you to other webpages with more extensive information.

In a way this field, called geochronology, is some of the purest detective work earth scientists do.

There are two basic approaches: relative age dating, and absolute age dating.

In other words, someone standing at the North Pole on Earth would experience time the same way as someone standing on Mars. When Albert Einstein introduced his Theory of Relativity in the early 20th century, however, he suggested that time wasn't separate from space but connected to it.

Time and space combined to form space-time, and everyone measures his or her own experience in it differently because the speed of light (300,000 km per second) is the same for all observers.

Evolution only gained significant momentum after the theory of evolution, published by Charles Darwin in November 1859, implied that man was merely another product of life on earth, with origins shared by the other creatures and not its ultimate purpose. Wallace proposed the same theory at a joint presentation to the Linnaean Society in London .

Without the universal acceptance of the principle of evolution, there is no chance for the serious proposal of holism.

Because of the distortions and lies spread by fundamentalists about scientific dating there is a need for a centralized source of information on the topic.

A few examples of such lies are presented at the very bottom of this page.

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