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Huxley, attacked Thomson's calculations, suggesting they appeared precise in themselves but were based on faulty assumptions.
The physicist Hermann von Helmholtz (in 1856) and astronomer Simon Newcomb (in 1892) contributed their own calculations of 22 and 18 million years respectively to the debate: they independently calculated the amount of time it would take for the Sun to condense down to its current diameter and brightness from the nebula of gas and dust from which it was born.
By their chemical nature, rock minerals contain certain elements and not others; but in rocks containing radioactive isotopes, the process of radioactive decay generates exotic elements over time.
It is also difficult to determine the exact age of the oldest rocks on Earth, exposed at the surface, as they are aggregates of minerals of possibly different ages.Kelvin calculated the age of the Earth by using thermal gradients, and he arrived at an estimate of about 100 million years.He did not realize that the Earth mantle was convecting, and this invalidated his estimate.According to modern biology, the total evolutionary history from the beginning of life to today has taken place since 3.5 to 3.8 billion years ago, the amount of time which passed since the last universal ancestor of all living organisms as shown by geological dating.In a lecture in 1869, Darwin's great advocate, Thomas H.