Unofficially, we are living in an era that some scientists call the Anthropocene epoch, due to the indelible impact humankind has made on the geology and ecology of the planet Earth. Our influence can be seen in areas such as our effect on the planet’s biodiversity, the warming of the Earth’s climate, the depositing of radioactive materials, and also in literal changes to the landscape — effects that are expected to affect the geological record for eons to come, as if humanity were a major geological event in of itself. But a group of researchers propose that what will truly stand out in the fossil record as the legacy of humankind will be none other than the bones of the humble chicken.
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