The Age of the Earth & Its Importance to Biology

  title={The Age of the Earth \& Its Importance to Biology},
  author={P. Senter},
ABSTRACT Biology textbooks tend to assert the correctness of evolutionary concepts hut mention very little of the evidence that supports them. This gives the impression that evolutionary theory is poorly supported, which discourages acceptance of the theory. A case in point is the age of the Earth. Biology textbooks usually mention that the planet is ∼4.6 billion years old but neither tell how that was determined nor give evidence that the method (radiometric dating) is reliable. Students are… Expand
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  • A. Mazur
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Politics and the Life Sciences
  • 2004
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