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Carbon 14 (C14) dating is the best known, as carbon is an element found in every living organism.

Because organisms contain C14 and C12 in a proportion that is stable and C14 begins to disintegrate at a steady rate when organisms die, the amount of time since a plant or animal has died is measured by establishing the proportion of C14 remaining in relation to the C12.

Thus, the time since the creation of the planet has been subdivided into intervals called geochronologic units.

The largest of these units, eons, are divided into eras, then into periods (or systems) and epochs.

The sediment of this area was laid down after ammonite A appeared 199 million years ago, and before ammonite B became extinct 195 million years ago.

This narrows the date of the delta beds to the four million years between these dates.

Index fossils are fossils that can be used to date the rock in which they are found.

Suppose a dinosaur fossil has been found in the beds of an ancient delta (the mouth of a river leading to the sea).

Below, an ammonite dies and drops to the bottom of the body of water (1).

The mollusk’s body decomposes and sediments begin to cover the shell (2).

When geologic incidents disturb the strata or upturn them to a vertical position, the principle of paleontologic identity, in which two layers containing the same fossils are from the same period, is used.

Absolute dating (or radiometry), based on the principle of disintegration of certain radioactive elements, establishes the age of fossils.A fossil will always be younger than fossils in the beds beneath it and this is called the principle of superposition.In an undisturbed sequence of rocks, such as in a cliff face, it is easy to get a rough idea of the ages of the individual strata – the oldest lies at the bottom and the youngest lies at the top.This is because new sediments are always laid down on top of sediments that have already been deposited.