amino acid dating

amino acid dating,
a method of dating dead organic matter by measuring the amount of change in the structure of the amino acids present after death: »

When properly used, this dating method has important advantages over the radiocarbon technique…fossils can be dated over a period of 15,000 to 100,000 years…amino acid dating can be completed in two days using only 10g of a sample (New Scientist).


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  • amino-acid dating — /euh mee noh as id, am euh noh / a method used to date an organic geological or archaeological specimen, as a fossil or mummified body, by determining how much change has occurred in the amino acid structure of that specimen. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • amino-acid dating — /euh mee noh as id, am euh noh / a method used to date an organic geological or archaeological specimen, as a fossil or mummified body, by determining how much change has occurred in the amino acid structure of that specimen. [1970 75] …   Useful english dictionary

  • amino acid dating — noun the dating of organic remains based on the observation of the degree of racemisation of amino acids which, in living organisms, are held in the laevo position, but which, after death, slowly convert to the dextro position …   Australian English dictionary

  • Amino acid — This article is about the class of chemicals. For the structures and properties of the standard proteinogenic amino acids, see Proteinogenic amino acid. The generic structure of an alpha amino acid in its unionized form …   Wikipedia

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  • Radiometric dating — (often called radioactive dating) is a technique used to date materials such as rocks, usually based on a comparison between the observed abundance of a naturally occurring radioactive isotope and its decay products, using known decay rates.[1]… …   Wikipedia

  • Radiocarbon dating — (sometimes simply known as carbon dating) is a radiometric dating method that uses the naturally occurring radioisotope carbon 14 (14C) to estimate the age of carbon bearing materials up to about 58,000 to 62,000 years.[1] Raw, i.e. uncalibrated …   Wikipedia

  • Optical dating — is a method of determining how long ago minerals were last exposed to daylight. It is useful to geologists and archaeologists who want to know when such an event occurred. Alternate names sometimes used are optically stimulated luminescence… …   Wikipedia


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