## Explain why both relative dating and absolute dating are necessary to develop the fossil record.

Relative dating is pretty similar to this except it uses carbon dating which is a way of finding the approximate age of the fossil. They do this by looking at the layers of the earth and making an assumption as to how old it is. Relative dating is done by various means using empirical geologic data. Absolute dating and relative dating are both used commonly to determine the age of fossils. Relative dating method does not give the specific dates. Absolute dating gives the exact date and chronological order to which the fossil lived.

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## Relative Dating and Absolute Dating Flashcards

Age determination of rocks falls into two categories - absolute dating and relative dating. They do this by looking at the surrounding ground and using the carbon to find out how old it is. Just as we can determine the age of organic objects by carbon dating them, we can determine the age of some rocks using the half-lives of isotopes of substance like potassium, thorium, and uranium. . And these two methods are very important when determining the age and characteristic of a certain fossil.

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## Explain why both relative dating and absolute dating are necessary to develop the fossil record.

Absolute dating method, or also known as the numerical dating, is the method of determining the specific date or range date for an artifact in number of years; whereas, relative dating method is the technique used to arrange the geological events in a sequence. Absolute dating is done by radiometric means. . . . .

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