Ever since The Enlightenment, and possibly even before that, researchers have attempted to understand the chronology of the world around us, to figure out precisely when each stage in our geological, biological and cultural evolution took place. Even when the only science we had to go on was religious literature and the western world believed the world was created in BC 1 , scholars tried to figure out when each biblical event took place, to define a chronology from savagery to civilization, from creation to the first animal, then to the emergence of the first people. The pre-enlightenment understanding of our geological and cultural history may now be proven wrong and subject to ridicule, but the principles of defining our place in time in the cosmos underpin many sciences. As technology advances, so do our methods, accuracy and tools for discovering what we want to learn about the past.
What are radioisotopes?
Radioisotopes in Medicine | Nuclear Medicine - World Nuclear Association
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In geochemistry , geophysics and nuclear physics , primordial nuclides , also known as primordial isotopes , are nuclides found on Earth that have existed in their current form since before Earth was formed. Primordial nuclides were present in the interstellar medium from which the solar system was formed, and were formed in, or after, the Big Bang , by nucleosynthesis in stars and supernovae followed by mass ejection, by cosmic ray spallation , and potentially from other processes. They are the stable nuclides plus the long-lived fraction of radionuclides surviving in the primordial solar nebula through planet accretion until the present. Two hundred and eighty-six such nuclides are known. All of the known stable nuclides , plus another 34 nuclides that have half-lives long enough to have survived from the formation of the Earth, occur as primordial nuclides.