Same deal with the Anthropocene, according to Finney. We have years, calendars, industrial ages and archaeological ages, a plethora of different and precise ways to define the layers of the Earth that are currently in their infancy. Because of that diversity, researchers like Finney question the utility of the Anthropocene to stratigraphers, who are ultimately the ones being asked to include the epoch in their official chronology. If the current records of humanity survive, future geologists will have very precise terms to determine what was happening in the past, and won't necessarily need an overarching term like the Anthropocene. If those records don't survive, it's all pretty fruitless. “If we’re not around, we’re not around,” Finney says.