Researchers argue 'Age of Man' began in 1610

March 12, 2015 4:16 PM

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Researchers argue 'Age of Man' began in 1610

In this 2014 photo, a UNESCO team member holds a magnifying glass up to a wooden artifact dusted with green fallout from copper, potentially from the flagship of Christopher Columbus. (AP Photo/UNESCO)

It may have been more than a century after Columbus sailed the ocean blue, but some scientists are arguing that 1610 marks a "golden spike" in the geologic record that kickstarted what is being called the Anthropocene era, or "Age of Man," and that this spike is the direct result of Europeans' arriv...

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