Tradition paleontological and biostratigraphic correlation methods are still perhaps the most common relative dating methods used by geologists.More modern correlation technologies include use of marine stable isotope records, paleomagnetic dating, tephrachronology, geomorphological methods, sedimentation characteristics, and other geochemical and radiometric methods.
Chronometric dating has advanced since the 1970s, allowing far more accurate dating of specimens.
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Absolute dating is used to determine a precise age of a fossil by using radiometric dating to measure the decay of isotopes, either within the fossil or more often the rocks associated with it.
The majority of the time fossils are dated using relative dating techniques.
New dating methods are invented all the time, however, most have practical limitations.