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Study: Human Imprint Has Thrust Earth Into New Geological Epoch

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 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...

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