If we weren’t the first industrial civilization on Earth, would we ever know?

Rochester UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2018 Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of the direct evidence of a civilization - its artifacts and remains - gets ground to dust. How do we really know, then, that there weren't previous industrial civilizations on Earth that rose and fell long befo

If we weren’t the first industrial civilization on Earth, would we ever know?

Fossils and objects are unlikely to survive more than a few million years. Searching for chemical traces of industrialization offers an intriguing alternative.

Fri 20 Apr 18 from MIT Technology Review

Could we detect an ancient industrial civilization in the geological record?

As a species, we humans tend to take it for granted that we are the only ones that live in sedentary communities, use tools, and alter our landscape to meet our needs. It is also a foregone ...

Tue 17 Apr 18 from Phys.org

We think we're the first advanced earthlings—but how do we really know?

Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of millions of years, however, all of ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from Phys.org

Are we sure there wasn’t a coal-burning species 55 million years ago?

A real (and reasonable) study that comes with its own sci-fi.

Mon 23 Apr 18 from Arstechnica

Silurian Hypothesis: What If Humans Aren’t the First Civilization on Earth?

Earth is completely overrun with humans -- there are billions of us living and dying on this planet, leaving signs of our existence in the soil, atmosphere, and even in space. Are we the first, ...

Thu 19 Apr 18 from Extremetech

Are we really the first civilization on Earth?

This is not about conspiracy theories, but a legitimate scientific concern.

Tue 17 Apr 18 from ZME Science

NASA Gavin Schmidt Searching For the Silurians

Guest essay by Eric Worrall Would it be possible to distinguish the fall of a pre-human civilisation destroyed by industrial CO2, from a natural climate upheaval? A New Study Suggests There ...

Tue 17 Apr 18 from Watts Up With That?

NASA Study Asks: Did Pre-Human Industrial Civilization Inhabit Earth?

NewsWhat if humanity was not the first industrial civilization? What if, untold millions of years ago, amid the climate fluctuations and the struggles for dominance between the species, a society ...

Mon 16 Apr 18 from Laboratory Equipment

We think we're the first advanced earthlings - but how do we really know?

Rochester UK (SPX) Apr 18, 2018 Imagine if, many millions of years ago, dinosaurs drove cars through cities of mile-high buildings. A preposterous idea, right? Over the course of tens of ...

Wed 18 Apr 18 from SpaceDaily

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