Melissa graduated from NC State University with a Bachelor's Degree in geology in and currently works as a geotechnical lab technician. Figuring out the geologic history of an area seems like a daunting task, but there are several strategies that geologists use to figure out which rocks are older than other rocks, and what geologic processes occurred in a particular order. Geologists can numerically date certain rocks by using the radioactive decay of elements trapped in rocks or minerals to figure out their exact age. However, these radioactive isotopes aren't always present in a rock, so geologists must use context clues to build a calendar called a geologic timescale of when each rock layer in a formation was created. Relative dating uses a series of 5 principles listed in the following paragraphs that help geologists compare the ages of different layers of rock and create a geologic timescale for an area.
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Development of the age of relative dating cannot establish the age of a formation or younger than another. However, geological strata are not always found to be in a neat chronological order. Wind and water erode strata and some areas are uplifted or even tilted.
These processes result in geological unconformitiesor breaks in the original stratigraphic sequence. In addition, people and other animals dig holes, resulting in a mixing of material from different strata as shown below.
All of these processes confuse the stratigraphic record. In many cases, however, it is possible to reconstruct the original sequence of strata so that they can be used for relative dating. For instance, if we find a fossil bone below the strata 3 rock level shown in the illustration above, we assume that the animal most likely lived at a time before that layer was formed.
However, we must be careful to note whether or not the fossil comes from the mixed strata zone of the filled in hole.
When two objects are found in the same strata of a site, it is usually assumed that they date to the same time period.
This is an application of the principle of association. However, the assumption of contemporaneity may not always be correct. This is due to the fact that one or both of the objects may have been moved or redeposited into a different location. In other words, they may no longer be in their primary context.
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When the bones of our early ancestors are found in the same geological strata as those of other animals that are known to have lived only during a specific time period in the past, we assume that these ancestors must also have come from that time.
This is referred to as dating by association with index fossilsor biostratigraphy. Elephants, horses, pigs, rodents, and some monkey species have been used as index fossils because they underwent relatively rapid evolutionary changes that are identifiable in their teeth and other skeletal parts.
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Their bones also were frequently found in association with our human and primate ancestors. Fluorine Analysis.
When bones, teeth, or antlers are found at a site, fluorine analysis can be used to tell us whether or not the animals they were from actually lived at about the same time.
This relative dating method is based on the fact that there are specific progressive chemical changes in skeletal remains that result from burial underground.
As time passes, the organic components of bone mostly fat s and protein s are lost primarily through bacterial action. Since these components contain nitrogen, there is a progressive loss of that element. At the same time, percolating ground water deposits trace amounts of fluorine and other elements, such as uranium, into the bone.
As a result, the amount of fluorine and other trace elements progressively increase. If the bones of two animals are buried at the same time in the same site, they should have the same relative amount of nitrogen and fluorine. If they do not, they most likely come from different eras, despite the fact that they were found in association with each other.
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In other words, the biochemical clock that this method relies on runs at a different rate in different environments. Fluorine analysis is primarily used for verifying whether or not two fossils in the same strata at a site were in fact contemporaneous. If not, then at least one of them must be physically out of context.
A good example of the value of fluorine analysis was in bringing to light the Piltdown Man hoax. InCharles Dawson, an amateur paleontologist, found what was thought to be an early human skull and jaw in the Piltdown gravel deposits of England.
Because it had an ape-like jaw and was found in association with the bones of extinct animals, this "Piltdown Man" was also believed to be a very ancient human.