Radiocarbon dating is not useful for most fossils
Results from different techniques, often measured in rival labs, continually confirm each other.
Every few years, new geologic time scales are published, providing the latest dates for major time lines.
All these labors have not led to a single unexpected finding such as a human fossil from the time of the dinosaurs, or a Jurassic dinosaur in the same rocks as Silurian trilobites.
Paleontologists now apply sophisticated mathematical techniques to assess the relative quality of particular fossil successions, as well as the entire fossil record.
Our understanding of the shape and pattern of the history of life depends on the accuracy of fossils and dating methods.
Some critics, particularly religious fundamentalists, argue that neither fossils nor dating can be trusted, and that their interpretations are better.
Current understanding of the history of life is probably close to the truth because it is based on repeated and careful testing and consideration of data.
Today, innovative techniques provide further confirmation and understanding of the history of life.
A key point is that it is no longer necessary simply to accept one chemical determination of a rock’s age.