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Title: The technofossil record of humans
Authors: Zalasiewicz, Jan
Williams, Mark
Waters, C. N.
Barnosky, A. D.
Haff, P.
First Published: 7-Jan-2014
Publisher: SAGE Publications (UK and US)
Citation: The Anthropocene Review, 2014, 1 (1), pp. 34-43
Abstract: As humans have colonised and modified the Earth’s surface, they have developed progressively more sophisticated tools and technologies. These underpin a new kind of stratigraphy, that we term technostratigraphy, marked by the geologically accelerated evolution and diversification of technofossils – the preservable material remains of the technosphere (Haff, 2013), driven by human purpose and transmitted cultural memory, and with the dynamics of an emergent system. The technosphere, present in some form for most of the Quaternary, shows several thresholds. Its expansion and transcontinental synchronisation in the mid 20th century has produced a global technostratigraphy that combines very high time-resolution, great geometrical complexity and wide (including transplanetary) extent. Technostratigraphy can help characterise the deposits of a potential Anthropocene Epoch and its emergence marks a step change in planetary mode.
DOI Link: 10.1177/2053019613514953
ISSN: 2053-0196
eISSN: 2053-020X
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Creative Commons “Attribution Non-Commercial No Derivatives” licence CC BY-NC-ND, further details of which can be found via the following link: Archived with reference to SHERPA/RoMEO and publisher website.
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