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3. What does the term Anthropocene mean?

Anthropocene is a compound word that comes from the Greek, “anthropos”, human being, and “kainos”, new. It has also been called the “Age of humans”. It is a name that is intended to be assigned to a new epoch, successor to the Holocene, the time in which we live. The Anthropocene is a name coined in 2000 by Paul Crutzen, Nobel Prize in Chemistry, to mark the epoch in which human activities began to cause biological and geophysical changes on a planetary scale. The term Anthropocene has not yet been accepted for not complying with the traditional nomenclature of stratigraphy, a methodology used by geology to establish the change from one geological epoch to another.

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The Anthropocene, the epoch of humans

The evolution of the homo genre has been such a vertiginous race that it is an event unparalleled on our planet, since we had never seen anything like it on the evolutionary scale of any kind. This rapid progress has been observed through the measurements of the skulls found by the paleoanthropologists. In a period of 2.5 million years the brain size of our genre has tripled, from 650 cc to 1450 cc...

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