"Human Imprint Has Thrust Earth Into New Geological Epoch : Study"

"The indelible imprint left by human beings on Earth has become so clear that it justifies naming a new geological epoch after mankind, experts said on Thursday.

The dawn of the "Anthropocene" would signal the end of the Holocene epoch, considered to have begun 11,700 years ago at the end of the Ice Age. The new term, suggested in 2000, is based on the Greek word "anthropos", meaning "man".

“Human activity is leaving a pervasive and persistent signature on Earth,” said a report in the journal Science by an international team led by Colin Waters of the British Geological Survey."

Alister Doyle reports for Reuters January 7, 2016.


"'Case Is Made' for Anthropocene Epoch" (BBC News)

"Human impact has pushed Earth into the Anthropocene, scientists say" (Guardian)

"Scientists Say Humans Have Now Brought On An Entirely New Geologic Epoch" (Washington Post)

Source: Reuters, 01/08/2016