North American Dinosaurs Dated by Carbon-14

green dinosaur

In recent years, dinosaur bones have been dated using radiometric carbon-14 methods, something almost never attempted before. Why is this testing relatively new? It was previously assumed by many scientists that all dinosaurs became extinct by at least tens of millions of years ago. Some critics continue to hold onto that opinion.

Yet a number of dinosaur fossils excavated in North America have been 14C dated to well below the ceiling level for those testing methods, with none of the materials over 40,000 years old, according to the rigorous methods used. This deserves attention.

types of dinosaurs dated by c-14

From the newgeology-dot-us web site

Dinosaur Bones Excavated in Montana

Notice the data from carbon-14 dating of two Triceratops dinosaurs: both were found in Montana. The margin for error is mostly small in these test results, most being plus-or-minus 80-200 years. Critical is the general age calculation: between 24,340 and 39,230 years before the present (BP). If these two animals had lived many millions of years ago (in what is now Montana,) there would no longer be any sign of any carbon-14, yet the testing showed the presence of that isotope (14C).

Other dinosaur remains, excavated in North America, show similar results from the radiometric carbon testing.

Scientific Discussion and Censorship

Few critics have said much in direct response to the censored lecture-abstract on the official web site of the 2012 Western Pacific Geophysics Meeting in Singapore. Apparently those who would prefer keeping in the dark of 19th-century ideas about dinosaur extinction (before humans)—those critics write mostly about a very few of the earlier datings (by carbon-14 methods), if they write anything at all. The censorship of the scientific lecture appears to suite them just fine.

They refer to publications in 1991 and 1992, which refer to testing or writings from 1979-1990. Do a Google search for information on carbon-14 dating of dinosaurs and notice two different kind of sites:

  1. Those that support C14 dating of dinosaurs
  2. Those that dismiss that testing

You may notice that the second type of web site, if it has many details, refers to criticisms of pre-21st-century testing or it refers to other sites that criticize those earlier datings. What you may never find is a web site that both opposes dating dinosaur remains and discusses details about the recent carbon-14 dating work done on those fossils. It seems that those who want us all to continue believing in ancient extinctions (many millions of years ago) prefer to say nothing about the censorship of a scientific lecture in 2012 in Singapore.


Dating Dinosaur Bones by C14 Methods

Some dinosaurs appear to have lived between 22,000 and 39,000 years ago.

C-14 Dating of Dinosaurs

How do we know that dinosaurs lived much more recently than many millions of years ago? It’s in carbon dating, testing which shows that a number of species lived only tens of thousands of years ago, yes dinosaur species.

Carbon-14 Dating and Dinosaurs

Radiocarbon dating is the most accurate and most verifiable of the radiometric dating systems. Dates for carbon material can often be independently verified by testing something that is known historically, from records of human observations.


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About Jonathan Whitcomb

Jonathan David Whitcomb, of Murray, Utah, (formerly of Long Beach, California) has written four nonfiction cryptozoology books (nine total editions), each one about eyewitness reports of living pterosaurs.
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