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When a plant or animal dies it stops taking in carbon-14 and radioactive decay begins to decrease the amount of carbon-14 in the tissues.The age of the plant or animal specimen containing carbon, such as wood, bones, plant remains, is determined by measuring the ratio of carbon-12 to carbon-14. Because of this relatively short half-life, carbon-14 can only be used to date specimens up to about 45,000 years old.The chemical integrity of this biomolecule can be assessed using simple biochemical criteria such as %C, %N and C/N ratio.As the diagenetic alteration proceeds, the quantity and quality of the collagen decreases; consequently, the sample size must increase in order to compensate for protein loss.Considering that collagen contains about 40–45% carbon, 250 mg of bone are necessary to provide enough carbon for a regular-sized graphite target of 1 mg.For well-preserved bone (20–25% collagen), the sample size decreases to about 10 mg.This allows corrections to be made on radiocarbon dates in order to produce more accurate dates.Radiocarbon dating, or carbon-14 dating, can be used to date material that had its origins in a living thing as long as the material contains carbon.

An optimized protocol allowed us to extract enough material to produce between 0.2 and 1.0 mg of carbon for graphite targets.

Hard tissues contain an organic phase (mainly the protein collagen type I) embedded in a mineral phase (made of a non-stoichiometric biogenic apatite).

While the exchange of inorganic carbon occurs much more readily, the relative chemical inertness of biopolymers makes them ideal for dating; therefore, the majority of bone radiocarbon dates are obtained from the collagen phase.

However, careful examination of the literature suggests that attempts at dating samples smaller than 60 mg are rare.

Regarding small vertebrates, only two case studies were found: the Late Prehistoric dispersal of Polynesians to New Zealand was dated using the commensal Pacific rat as a proxy. ivory, bone or antler), progress in sample pretreatments using ultrafiltration.

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