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the determination of the age of the fossil is done based on the content of carbon present in it. We know that every living object is made of carbon. After death it will slowly mix with the earth. By finding the left amount and lost lost amount we can calculate it

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there are two ways from which we ca determine the age of a fossil first if we dig into the earth and start finding fossil ,the fossil we find closure to the earth surface are more recent than the fossil we find in the deeper layer .
second one is that we can determine by detecting the ratios of different isotopes of the same element in the fossil material . 

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