Carbon dating religion
He said: "The cotton fibres were fairly heavily coated with dye, suggesting they were changed to match the linen during a repair.
Discovered by Willard Frank Libby and his colleagues in 1949, during his tenure as a professor at the University of Chicago, Libby invented what would eventually change the face of archaeology by giving a time frame to fossilized specimens.
Radio carbon dating carried out in 1988 was performed on an area of the relic that was repaired in the 16th century, according to Ray Rogers, who helped lead the Shroud of Turin Research Project (STRP).
He came to his conclusion after re-examining a theory from two amateur scientists that he had earlier dismissed as being from "the lunatic fringe".
In short, the older the object, the wider the discrepancy.
Any fossil more than 60,000 yrs old would have too little C-14 to carry out any meaningful C-14 dating.