FAQs about Anthropocene

4. Why has not the Anthropocene been accepted as a new geological epoch?

The deterioration of the environment, the measurable increase of the PPM, parts per million of CO2 in the atmosphere, as well as the observation of the ozone gaps, the constant increase in the temperature officially recorded on the planet, the melting of the glaciers and the Arctic ice, are not compatible with the methods used by geology and therefore the name Anthropocene does not comply with the traditional nomenclature of stratigraphy, and cannot be defined as a geological age.

Stanley Finney, head of the International Committee on Stratigraphy, in an interview with the newspaper El Tiempo de Bogotá, in 2016, expressed clearly: “The geological time scale (reference frame to calculate the Earth’s ages) is measured from the records of rocks, which give evidence of our history and time, whether to talk about mass extinctions, climate change or the types of life on the planet. My concern with the Anthropocene is that it is not documented with rock bodies. ”

Other sections of Anthropocene

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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