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Over the past six decades, the amount of radiocarbon in people or their remains depends heavily on when they were born or, more precisely, when their tissues were formed.

To determine year of birth, the researchers focused on tooth enamel.

Adult teeth are formed at known intervals during childhood.

The researchers found that if they assumed tooth enamel radiocarbon content to be determined by the atmospheric level at the time the tooth was formed, then they could deduce the year of birth.

Archaeologists have long used carbon-14 dating (also known as radiocarbon dating) to estimate the age of certain objects.

Traditional radiocarbon dating is applied to organic remains between 500 and 50,000 years old and exploits the fact that trace amounts of radioactive carbon are found in the natural environment.

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