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The fossil record is certainly rich in incident and rife with bizarre players, but an extensive body of research now treats the fossil record as a biological laboratory for rigorously framing and testing hypotheses at the intersection of paleontology with diverse disciplines across the full range of timescales encompassed by the earth and life sciences.
This Special Feature collects some of the exciting and important new directions and insights, from the beginnings of life on Earth to the immediate precursor to the present-day biota (Fig. Paleontology informs the natural sciences by providing unique sources of data on important phenotypes and on the spatial and temporal dynamics of biological events and processes.
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.
But, how can we determine how old a rock formation is, if it hasn’t previously been dated?
New lime is deposited every day during the coral animal's lifetime.
This happens only during daylight, for the coral lives in symbiotic relationship with a plant that needs sunlight for its life processes.
The Accelerator Mass Spectrometry Group operates the AMS resources at ANSTO, including the measurement capabilities at the Australian National Tandem for Applied Research (ANTARES), the two million volt tandem accelerator STAR and sample processing and target preparation in the AMS chemistry laboratories.
Radiocarbon carbon-14 dating is a well-known method for determining the age of materials up to the age of 50,000 years.