Some numbers to ponder for Dr. Mary Schweitzer:

Suppose you were to count the number of nucleotides in the DNA sample you obtained from your dinosaur and we calculated its age using a half-life decay formula? Let’s use the recently determined half-life of DNA of 520 years and an original genome amount of dinosaur DNA of 2B nucleotides. Say for example, you were to count, say, 3 million nucleotides in your soft tissue bone cells. What is the age of the dinosaur?

2B = No (1/2)^T/t = 2B (1/2)^T/520; (Solve for T); T = 4,662 Years. Now that’s mildly interesting. OK

Or, in honor of Dr. Willard Libby, winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his discovery of C-14 dating, suppose we were to analyze the bone cells for C14 content. Suppose you found that there was about 173.5 megacurries. We assume an atmospheric content of 300 megacurries and the standard C-14 half-life of 5,730 years. We apply the half-life formula:

300 = No (1/2)^T/5, 730 (Solve for T); T = 4,527 Years. Brilliant!

I suppose that if pigs had wings they could fly.

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