It is interesting to us that Chen et al. in their Comment on our paper (Bühring et al., 2000) do not cite their own recent publication (Song et al., 2000). In that paper, Song et al. reported on an ash layer from the same stratigraphic position as we did, but in another core from the South China Sea, a layer that they likewise identified as Youngest Toba Tuff by microprobe and rare earth element analyses. They thereby confirmed our conclusion based on microprobe analysis (Bühring et al., 2000, published in March 2000, not cited...

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