The Age of Man Cometh

The term "Anthropocene" is trending, but the name hasn’t yet been accepted as part of the geological timescale.

March 12, 2015

"A hundred years is a heartbeat to a geologist. But in that span, the human population has more than tripled. Palaeobiologist Scott Wing wants visitors to think, however briefly, about the planetary power that people now wield, and how that fits into the context of Earth's history. 'If you look back from 10 million years in the future,' he says, 'you'll be able to see what we were doing today.'"

From “Anthropocene: The Human Age,” Richard Monastersky’s Nature story about the National Museum of Natural History's upcoming exhibit about the human role in the world


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