Since then atmospheric observations show the levels have been dropping, and are now close to the pre-industrial proportions.
The new study indicates that by 2020, the fraction of carbon-14 could drop to such an extent that radiocarbon dating will start to be affected."We can see from atmospheric observations that radiocarbon levels are steadily decreasing.
How low they go depends on changes in our fossil fuel emissions," said Dr Graven.
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When their emissions mix with the modern atmosphere, they flood it with non-radioactive carbon.
In radiocarbon dating terms this makes the atmosphere appear older, which is reflected in the tissues of plants taking in CO2 during photosynthesis, and their products such as cottons.
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But in the 1950s and 60s, nuclear weapons testing caused a sharp increase.
Using simple illustrations, the assumptions used to arrive at dates are exposed as faulty—and the evolutionary timescale along with them.
Then, through several lines of evidence, including carbon-14 found in diamonds and fossils, the inconsistent nature of radiometric ages is revealed.
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Fossil fuel emissions could soon make it impossible for radiocarbon dating to distinguish new materials from artefacts that are hundreds of years old.