New group seeks to timeline the Anthropocene—when humans became the dominant force

center_img © 2015 Phys.org Citation: New group seeks to timeline the Anthropocene—when humans became the dominant force on Earth (2015, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-group-timeline-anthropocenewhen-humans-dominant.html (Phys.org)—A team of four scientists has published a Perspectives piece in the journal Science outlining their arguments for reaching back further in time than others have suggested for the beginning of the Anthropocene—a geologic epoch defined by the impact of homo sapiens on planet Earth. William Ruddiman, Erle Ellis, Jed Kaplan and Dorian Fuller suggest that current arguments that point to modern exploits overlook the huge impact of forest clearing and farming many thousands of years ago. Clouds over Australia are shown. Credit: NASAlast_img read more