Question: What is the difference between relative and radioactive dating?

In brief, relative dating is the method of determining the relative age of a fossil. In contrast, radioactive dating is the method of determining the absolute age of a fossil.

What is a difference between relative dating and carbon dating?

Relative dating methods also do not result in an absolute age - only an indication of whether items are younger or older than each other. Radiocarbon dating is a widely used method of obtaining absolute dates on organic material. Carbon C14 is a type of carbon that undergoes radioactive decay at a known rate.

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