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Uranium-lead dating is one of the most complicated of all dating techniques.
This is in part because uranium and lead are not retained in rocks as easily as some others, and in part because the parent isotopes and daughter products are not even directly related.
One assumption that can be made is that all the lead in the sample was once uranium, but if there was lead there to start with, this assumption is not valid, and any date based on that assumption will be incorrect (too old).
In the case of carbon dating, it is not the initial quantity that is important, but the initial ratio of C, but the same principle otherwise applies.
In all radiometric procedures there is a specific age range for when a technique can be used.
If there is too much daughter product(in this case nitrogen-14), age is hard to determine since the half-life does not make up a significant percentage of the material's age.
This means that as the rubidium-87 decays and more strontium-87 is formed, the ratio will change.
The half-life of this process is 1.25 billion years, meaning that it can date significantly older samples.
This means that lifeless organic matter is effectively a closed system, since no carbon-14 enters the organism after death, an occurrence that would affect accurate measurements.
In radiometric dating, the decaying matter is called the parent isotope and the stable outcome of the decay is called the daughter product.
The half-life of uranium-235 is 704 million years, while the half-life of uranium-238 is 4.5 billion years.
Radiometric dating is a method of determining the age of an artifact by assuming that on average decay rates have been constant (see below for the flaws in that assumption) and measuring the amount of radioactive decay that has occurred.