C14 Fish Otoliths

Radiocarbon Dating Fish Otoliths

recommended sample size Sample size recommended (smaller AMS sizes possible – please contact us)
  • 5-20 milligrams (AMS)
carbon dating services Carbon Dating Services
  • AMS Standard – results are reported in 14 business days or less
  • AMS Priority – 6 business days or less
  • AMS Time Guide – 2-3 business days
analyses included Analyses included with Carbon-14 Dating (if sample size permits)
  • δ13C, δ18O
recommended container Recommended container
  • Wrap fish otoliths in aluminum foil to contain them in a pouch before putting them inside a labeled Ziplock bag.
  • Send samples in small boxes instead of envelopes to protect the samples from being crushed during shipment.
lab recommendation
  • Please consult the lab before submission to discuss sample suitability.

Note – Fees are inclusive of quality assurance reports, calendar calibration when applicable, and 24/7 web access to past results and pending analyses.

Pretreatment – It is important to understand the pretreatment applied to samples since they directly affect the final result.

You are welcome to include specific instructions on pretreatment (e.g. light acid etch or no pretreatment at all) or reporting.
For modern studies – Δ14C values reported upon request.
For ancient studies – radiocarbon age corrected for marine reservoir effect.

Radiocarbon Dating Costs

Please indicate the currency, service requested (standard, priority or time guide), the number of samples and the billing address when requesting for an estimate or quotation. The lab’s standard turnaround time is 14 business days upon receipt in Miami, Florida. Faster services are also available – Priority (results reported in 6 business days) and Time Guide (results in 2-3 business days).


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Page last updated: March 2021