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What dating method do they use to determine the age of really old fossils?

Yesterday there was news of a 3.3 million year old Australopithecus afarensis fossil from Ethiopia. I’m just curious as to how they ascertain the age. I know it’s not carbon-14 dating, that’s 2 orders of magnitude beyond its range. It’s been a while since I learned about this stuff, so thanks for refreshing my memory.

They measure the decay of other radioactive elements, not carbon. The half life of carbon 14 is only 15,000 years or so. For anything older than that they measure for example, how uranium decays into lead. The article below may help.

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