Carbon dating evolution evidence
Quaternary geology provides a record of climate change and geologically recent changes in environment.
For example: after the it forms a component of all organic compounds and is therefore fundamental to life. Libby of the University of Chicago predicted the existence of carbon-14 before it was actually detected and formulated a hypothesis that radiocarbon might exist in living matter.
Shortly after Becquerel's find, Marie Curie, a French chemist, isolated another highly radioactive element, .
The realisation that radioactive materials emit rays indicated a constant change of those materials from one element to another.
U-Pb ages of metamorphic minerals, such as zircon or monazite are used to date thermal events, including terrestrial meteoritic impacts.
U-Pb ages of zircon in sediments are used to determine the provenance of the sediments. Fission-track analysis is useful in determining the thermal history of a sample or region.