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(NEWSER) – If every human being vanished off the face of the planet today, cockroach geologists tens of millions of years in the future would still be able to find our traces, according to researchers who say the case for a new "Age of Man" geologic time period is stronger than ever.

In a study published in the journal Science, researchers say we are now in the Anthropocene era, which will be permanently etched on the planet through markers such as radioactive fallout and materials like plastics and concrete, reports the CBC. Exactly when the new era began is still being debated, though the researchers note that there was a "Great Acceleration" of human population growth and industrialization in the mid-20th century—and nuclear fallout began after the Trinity detonation in New Mexico on July 16, 1945.

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