Tuesday, March 01, 2011

Welcome to the Anthropocene Age

Originally uploaded by martin_kalfatovic

Me and my Monkey (Smithsonian. 
Natural History Museum)
The Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Academy (not yet available as a Manga version) has a new issue on the theme of 'The Anthropocene: a new epoch of geological time?' compiled and edited by Mark Williams, Jan Zalasiewicz, Alan Haywood and Mike Ellis.

I have mixed feelings about this. I've had a soft spot for the Miocene when many of our currently familiar mammal cousins appeared; as well as the Pliocene when our earliest hominid relatives appeared.

But I have to throw some props to this new Anthropocene Age since, well, it's ours. The past couple hundred thousand years have let our kind Anthro-form this big blue marble. For the first time in the multi-billion year history of the planet, we've actually seen the hand of intelligent design at work. The hands, and minds of we creators of the Anthropocene Age have guided the creation of new and modified creatures (and I'm not talking exotic, controversial things in your grocery stores, not the Pigoons of Margaret Atwood's Oryx and Crake - yet, but the milk cow, the faithful dog, and the ginormous ears of corn we know as Zea mays that exist only because of our intervention with some tasty little grains that originated in the Western Hemisphere.

So yeah, I'll take it, the Anthropocene Age. We made it, let's name it after ourselves.

1 comment:

Chris Freeland said...

I'm not sure if you knew it or not, but I like corn. So yay!