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The standards of known age are used to account for differences in the neutron flux during irradiation.Argon-36 in the sample accounts for any air contamination.This also assumes that there is no other source of argon like trapped air.
In his study Rutherford (1906) measured the U and He (He is an intermediate decay product of U) contents of uranium-bearing minerals to calculate an age.
The Washington Post article Scientists discover hundreds of footprints left at the dawn of modern humanity describes the geological dating of stratified layers of mud by analyzing and dating minerals within each layer.
But since floods jumble materials of different origins and ages together, that meant the scientists had to date dozens of different minerals.
During this same period of time Thomson (1905) and Campbell and Wood (1906) demonstrated that potassium was radioactive and emitted beta-particles.
The first isotopes of potassium (K) were reported by Aston (1921).
The youngest crystal in the footprint layer would represent the oldest possible age for the prints; the oldest crystal in the layer above it would represent the youngest they could be.