The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene

@article{Waters2016TheAI,
  title={The Anthropocene is functionally and stratigraphically distinct from the Holocene},
  author={Colin N. Waters and Jan A. Zalasiewicz and Colin Summerhayes and Anthony D Barnosky and Cl{\'e}ment Poirier and Agnieszka Gałuszka and Alejandro Cearreta and Matt Edgeworth and Erle C. Ellis and Michael A. Ellis and Catherine Jeandel and Reinhold Leinfelder and John R. McNeill and Daniel D. Richter and Will Steffen and James P. M. Syvitski and Davor Vidas and Michael Wagreich and Mark Williams and An Zhisheng and Jacques Grinevald and Eric Odada and Naomi Oreskes and Alexander P. Wolfe},
  journal={Science},
  year={2016},
  volume={351}
}
Evidence of an Anthropocene epoch Humans are undoubtedly altering many geological processes on Earth—and have been for some time. But what is the stratigraphic evidence for officially distinguishing this new human-dominated time period, termed the “Anthropocene,” from the preceding Holocene epoch? Waters et al. review climatic, biological, and geochemical signatures of human activity in sediments and ice cores. Combined with deposits of new materials and radionuclides, as well as human-caused… 
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