Paleocene

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Paleocene

[′pāl·ē·ə‚sēn]
(geology)
The oldest of the seven geological epochs of the Cenozoic Era, spanning 65 million to 55 million years ago. Comprising the Tertiary and Quaternary periods in modern usage, it is also the oldest of the five epochs constituting the Tertiary Period. It represents an interval of geological time (and rocks deposited during that time) extending from the termination of the Cretaceous Period of the Mesozoic Era to the dawn of the Eocene Epoch.
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