Wednesday, December 18, 2013

The Catastrophocene

The December 23 & 30, 2013, issue of The New Yorker has the second in a series of articles about extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.  This article discusses the phonomenon of mass extinctions, including the current anthropogenic mass extinction event.  One of the most fascinating ideas Kolbert explores is what kind of fossil record our own civilization will leave behind for whatever posterity follows us.