human heritage

What Kind of Fossils Will We Humans Leave Behind?


We are all going to die, and that is for sure. But who will remember us, and how? We are not talking about our children and grandchildren, but something more long-term. What fossils will we leave on Earth as a trace of our passage? Paleontologists Karen Koy, from Missouri State University, and Roy Plotnick, from the University of Chicago, asked themselves this question. As a result, the two published a study in the journal Anthropocene imagining what the fossils of our civilization will look like, and how they will be interpreted by future humans (or an alien race visiting our planet).