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The do­mes­tic chicken is set to play an epoch-defin­ing role for hu­man­ity, as its bones could be­come the key fos­sil ev­i­dence for the dawn of the age in which hu­mankind came to dom­i­nate the planet.

An ex­pert group has an­nounced that a new ge­o­log­i­cal epoch, the An­thro­pocene, should be de­clared. But the key to defin­ing a ge­o­log­i­cal age is find­ing global phys­i­cal ev­i­dence of the tran­si­tion that will be pre­served for fu­ture ge­ol­o­gists, and the mod­ern chicken eaten world­wide is a prime can­di­date.

One re­searcher said: “It has be­come the world’s most com­mon bird. It has been fos­silised in thou­sands of land­fill sites and on street cor­ners around the world.”

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