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Proposed Anthropocene epoch poses scientific challenge

The Anthropocene, a proposed addition to the geologic timescale resulting from society's effect on nature, is difficult to trace and define and may require alternative interpretations, scientists say. "One person's Anthropocene is not another person's Anthropocene, and if the difference between the meaning stretches too widely, then there's always a possibility of confusion," says Jan Zalasiewicz, a University of Leicester paleobiologist.

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