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The true age of a sample is self-explanatory, but unless the material dates from historic times, the true age is rarely known.
A minimum age is the youngest the object can possibly be.
Fossils are collected along with rocks that occur from the same strata.
These samples are carefully cataloged and analyzed with a mass spectrometer.
The mass spectrometer is able to give information about the type and amount of isotopes found in the rock.
Scientists find the ratio of parent isotope to daughter isotope.
By comparing this ratio to the half-life logarithmic scale of the parent isotope, they are able to find the age of the rock or fossil in question.
This process continues over time, with the organism losing half of the remaining C-14 isotopes each 5,730 years.If the mineral contained 1 part per million Parentium-123 and 3 parts per million Daughterium-123, we could be sure all the Daughterium-123 was originally Parentium-123.In other words there was originally 4 parts per million Parentium-123 and 0 parts per million Daughterium-123.A maximum age is the oldest the object can possibly be. But they obviously have to have been made first, so 1920 is the maximum age of the burial.Suppose, in repaving your driveway, you find a stash of old coins buried in the ground. Of course there are more outlandish explanations, like somebody counterfeiting 1920 coins in 1900 (and successfully anticipating any changes in design in the meantime), or secretly tearing up part of the driveway after 1950, but unless someone comes up with really persuasive evidence, we're justified in ignoring these hypotheses.