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Today: When did the anthropocene period start?

March 12th, 2015

Episode 201 of 1345 episodes

Scientists have proposed a new date for the "anthropocene" a time period that marks the "age of man". Scientists in London propose that this new geological epoch began in 1610 - after Europeans arrived in the Americas, causing a major shift in humanity's impact the planet. The findings are published in the journal Nature. Professor Mark Maslin is a geologist and paleo climatologist at University College London , co-author of a new paper in the journal Nature about the “Anthropocene” and Yuval Harari is author of “Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind”.

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