Carbon dating may soon lead to mismatches

Flood of fossil fuel emissions threatens to make age-calculation method unreliable

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CARBON CONFUSION  Carbon released from fossil fuel burning will jeopardize the usefulness of many carbon dating applications, such as identifying illegal ivory, new research predicts.

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