What status for the Quaternary?

  title={What status for the Quaternary?},
  author={Philip L. Gibbard and Alan G. Smith and Jan A. Zalasiewicz and Tiffany L. Barry and David J. Cantrill and Angela L. Coe and John C.W. Cope and Andrew Scott Gale and F. John Gregory and John H Powell and Peter Franklin Rawson and Philip Stone and Colin N. Waters},
Gibbard, P. L., Smith, A. G., Zalasiewicz, J. A., Barry, T. L., Cantrill, D., Coe, A. L., Cope, J. C. W., Gale, A. S., Gregory, F. J., Powell, J. H., Rawson, P. F., Stone, P. & Waters, C. N. 2005 (February): What status for the Quaternary?Boreas, Vol. 34, pp. 1–6. Oslo. ISSN 0300–9483. 
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