Miocene

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Miocene

of, denoting, or formed in the fourth epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Oligocene and Pliocene epochs, which lasted for 19 million years

Miocene

 

the lower subdivision of Neocene rock strata, corresponding to the first, more ancient, half of the Neocene period of the earth’s geological history. In full cross sections Miocene layers are bounded by the Oligocene from below and the Pliocene from above. The Miocene was identified by C. Lyell in 1833.

Miocene

[′mī·ə‚sēn]
(geology)
A geologic epoch of the Tertiary period, extending from the end of the Oligocene to the beginning of the Pliocene.
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The Miocene period of 25 million to 10 million years ago was marked by the appearance of ape-like ancestors of modern apes and humans, known as hominoids, in Africa, Asia and Europe.
Due to the intense chemical rock alteration since the Miocene Period 20 million years ago, the superficial eluvial laterite is highly enriched in free gold and quartz fragments and forms a several meter thick horizontal layer on top of the underlying primary root mineralization.
The fossils they inspected date to the Miocene period, which began around 23 million years ago and ended about 5 million years ago.
They represent unique deep-sea environments which originate from the dissolution of buried salt deposits that are the remains of hypersaline waters of the Miocene period (5.