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 skull, discovered in the vast Djurab desert, was associated with other fossils dating back seven million years to the late Miocene period. At the time, the region was a mixed landscape of lake, desert, forest and grassland.
Only very old lakes, located in tectonic subsidence basins like the Miocene Period lake in Cerdanya (Pyrenees) or lake Biwa (Japan), allow a careful search to be made for taphocoenoses (subterranean communities) up to several million years old.
The footprints, which are about 30 centimeters long and 15-23 cm wide, were found in the strata of soil dating back to the early-to-middle Miocene period.