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However, your readout from your radioactivity measuring instrument says you have only 25% Carbon-14 and 75% Nitrogen-14, so your fossil must have been through more than one half-life.
After two half-lives, another half of your leftover Carbon-14 would have decayed into Nitrogen-14.
By measuring the ratio of the amount of the original radioactive element to the daughter isotope, scientists can determine how many half-lives the element has undergone and from there can figure out the absolute age of the sample.
The half-lives of several radioactive isotopes are known and are used often to figure out the age of newly found fossils.
Radioactive elements are unstable; they breakdown spontaneously into more stable atoms over time, a process known as radioactive decay.
As radioactive isotopes of elements decay, they lose their radioactivity and become a brand new element known as a daughter isotope.His Ph D thesis was on isotope ratios in meteorites, including surface exposure dating.He was employed at Caltech's Division of Geological & Planetary Sciences at the time of writing the first edition.At one half-life, you would have approximately 50% Carbon-14 and 50% Nitrogen-14.In other words, half (50%) of the Carbon-14 you started with has decayed into the daughter isotope Nitrogen-14.