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He claimed that it was capable of dating animal, plant and human remains of fairly recent origin. As they say on Star Trek, we are all carbon based units.
Laboratory research has shown that the radioactive decay of Carbon-14 occurs in a half-life of 5,73040 years through beta decay that causes the Carbon-14 to revert back to Nitrogen-14.
When Rutherford announced his findings it soon became clear that Earth is millions of years old.
These scientists and many more after them discovered that atoms of uranium, radium and several other radioactive materials are unstable and disintegrate spontaneously and consistently forming atoms of different elements and emitting radiation, a form of energy in the process.
Radioactive decay allows geologists and physicists to measure the age of ancient fossils, rocks and even the Earth.
This process is called radiometric or radioactive dating.
Carbon has two stable, nonradioactive isotopes: carbon-12 (12C) and carbon-13 (13C).