In 1730, Georg Brandt started looking into a dark blue ore from local copper companies. He eventually provided information that it contained unrecognized metals. After publishing his findings in 1739, other chemists believed that Brandt’s new element was not something different, but rather a compound of iron and arsenic. However, it was eventually recognised as its own element which we now know of as Cobalt. Cobalt is found to be an essential trace element that forms part of the vitamin B12 active site. As humans, the body contains about one milligram of it. In animals, cobalt salts can be given in small doses to correct mineral deficiencies.
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