But really, how do scientists figure out how old their dinosaur bones are?And, what about other findings like fossil fish, plants and insects?As a member, you'll also get unlimited access to over 55,000 lessons in math, English, science, history, and more.
For example if you have a fossil trilobite and it was found in the Wheeler Formation.
Absolute dating is used to determine a precise age of a fossil by using radiometric dating to measure the decay of isotopes, either within the fossil or more often the rocks associated with it.
The majority of the time fossils are dated using relative dating techniques.
Recently, he appeared on the evening news to talk about a new dinosaur he just discovered. Paul says he can tell from the fossils that superus awesomus lived on Earth about 175 million years ago.
Paul is super awesome, so I'm going to take him at his word.