It is claimed that we are now living in the Anthropocene, the epoch in which human beings are dramatically recasting the nature of Nature. The alarming rate of the extinction of so many species, pollution of the atmosphere, disappearance of the world’s coral reefs, and the omnipresence of synthetic plastics all point to a colossal change in the character of the natural world due to our relentless pursuits. Among many scientists the argument is no longer over the central hypothesis, but over the finer details of documenting and dating. When did the Anthropocene start? Was it with Neolithic farming, ...


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