How is the geologic column used in relative dating
The mathematical premise undergirding the use of these elements in radiometric dating contains the similar confounding factors that we find in carbon-14 dating method.
Most scientists today believe that life has existed on the earth for billions of years.
Also, many fossils are contaminated with carbon from the environment during collection or preservation procedures.
Once our geologist had the “index fossil” that was found approximately in the same layer as the newly discovered fossil, he would then see where in the geologic column it came from and presto, he now had a date for his newly discovered fossil.