Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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Carbon 14 (14C)

Unstable isotope of carbon that consists of 8 neutrons, 6 protons, and 6 electrons, and which decays stochastically into nitrogen (14N), the stable element from which carbon 14 was derived, with an empirical half-life of 5568 years.

See radiocarbon dating, carbon 12, carbon 13, and accelerator mass spectrometry.

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