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Different methods have their own limitations, especially with regard to the age range they can measure and the substances they can date.

A common problem with any dating method is that a sample may be contaminated with older or younger material and give a false age.

The technique can, however, provide the relative ages of bones from the same site.

Most fossils are found in sedimentary rocks deposited in layers.

The age of volcanic rocks and ash can be determined by measuring the proportions of argon (in the form of argon-40) and radioactive potassium within them.

Each volcanic eruption produces a new deposit of ash and rock.

Accurate dates also allow us to create sequences of evolutionary change and work out when species appeared or became extinct. These are: Where possible, several different methods are used and each method is repeated to confirm the results obtained and improve accuracy.This newer method converts a stable form of potassium (potassium-39) into argon-39.Measuring the proportions of argon-39 and argon-40 within a sample allows the age of the sample to be determined.Argon is gas that gradually builds up within rocks from the decay of radioactive potassium.It is initially formed in the molten rock that lies beneath the Earth’s crust.The level of nitrogen gradually reduces as the bone decays.