News ID: 210276
Published: 0400 GMT February 20, 2018

'Loneliest tree in the world' offers evidence of Anthropocene's beginning

'Loneliest tree in the world' offers evidence of Anthropocene's beginning
The isolated Sitka spruce on the South Ocean's Campbell Island is considered the 'loneliest tree in the world'.
UPI

Scientists have discovered evidence of the beginning of the Anthropocene, the newest geological epoch.

The evidence came in the form of a 'golden spike' found in the heartwood of the 'loneliest tree in the world', UPI wrote.

Though scientists have shown that humans have been influencing the planet's ecosystems for thousands of years, many consider the sudden spike in radioactive carbon caused by the testing of nuclear weapons in 1950s and 1960s the mark of humanity's newly dominant role as chief driver of climatic change.

 

   
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