College Board Standards for College Success: Science ES.3 Earth’s History: Relative and Absolute dating.
Students understand that various dating methods — relative and absolute — have been used to determine the age of Earth. Between Earth Science and Other Disciplines: Evidence of Common Ancestry and Divergence (LS.1.1); Living Systems and the Physical Environment (LS.3.1); Nuclear Chemistry (C.1.6); Nuclear Interactions and the Conservation of Mass–Energy (P.2.3) Benchmarks: American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Whether real or false, this gives to the film a wholly spurious authority; rhe impression of a forgery.
For those interested, some of these evolutionary developments can be followed in my recent book on Darwin’s Dilemma, called (OUP, 2009), which takes the reader back from the Burgess Shale to the earliest multicellular organisms.
Furthermore, the survey obtained some new results from Qeshm, where seven ESR ages confirmed the MIS 5 age of the lowest raised marine terrace (that also corresponds to an uplift rate of about 0.2 mm/yr), failing, however, to date older steps, due to significant coral-sample re-crystallisation.
In the western part of Qeshm, five new radiocarbon ages of elevated beach material demonstrated the variability of uplift rates even along short distances around an active salt dome.
It also makes several other arguments for ID, including the supposed impossibility of acquiring new genetic information by Darwinian natural selection.
The film considers this sudden appearance, which it interprets not just as geologically instantaneous but instantaneous, to be evidence for intelligent design (ID) of life.
These included archaeocyathan sponges and many small shelly fossils. Did the film producers suffer amnesia at this point in the story? Small steps can be made very quickly indeed – as with virus evolution today. The film appears to have been shot within the walls of Cambridge University UK, with interviews taking place in the Sedgwick Museum, or around colleges such as St John’s and King’s College.
Or did that great prankster – the Intelligent Designer – make some big mistakes? Some think they perceive some blue highlights around the faces here, suggesting blue-screen shots in which the Cambridge settings have been imposed later.
Knowledge of radioactivity helps them understand how rocks can be dated, which helps them appreciate the scale of geologic time…
Scientific evidence indicates that some rock layers are several billion years old.