Earth and Environmental Scientist Roy Plotnick Examines How Contemporary Humans are Creating Different Fossil Records in the Scientific American Magazine

The April issue of Scientific American magazine highlights a co-authored analysis from Roy Plotnick, UIC professor of earth and environmental sciences, that examines how contemporary humans are creating a distinctly different fossil record compared to previous times and how this will impact what is discovered by paleontologists thousands of years from now. "We and our animals are just going to totally flood the mammalian fossil record," says Plotnick. "The future fossil record of today will include lots of human skeletons all lined up in a row."

The piece is available online via Scientific American at (subscription required) or through the university library at