Anthropogenic soils are the golden spikes for the Anthropocene

  title={Anthropogenic soils are the golden spikes for the Anthropocene},
  author={Giacomo Certini and Riccardo Scalenghe},
  journal={The Holocene},
  pages={1269 - 1274}
We propose that the Anthropocene be defined as the last c. 2000 years of the late Holocene and characterized on the basis of anthropogenic soils. This contrasts with the original definition of the Anthropocene as the last c. 250 years (since the Industrial Revolution) and more recent proposals that the Anthropocene began some 5000 to 8000 years ago in the early to mid Holocene (the early-Anthropocene hypothesis). Anthropogenic soil horizons, of which several types are recognized, provide… Expand

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