Pliocene


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Pliocene

, Pleiocene
of, denoting, or formed in the last epoch of the Tertiary period, which lasted for three million years, during which many modern mammals appeared

Pliocene

[′plī·ə‚sēn]
(geology)
The youngest of the five geological epochs of the Tertiary Period. The Pliocene represents the interval of geological time (and rocks deposited during that time) extending from the end of the Miocene Epoch to the beginning of the Pleistocene Epoch of the Quaternary Period. Modern time scales assign the duration of 5.0 million to 1.8 million years ago to the Pliocene.
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Solicitation of a uniquely specialised suspensory extant ape such as the living orangutan as either a proxy or model for the far more generalised climbing/clambering Miocene apes from which terrestrially bipedal hominids must have emerged represents a dubious undertaking in light of the currently available Pliocene and Miocene fossil records.
Hydrocarbons there are associated with Jurassic, Cretaceous, Paleogene, Miocene and Pliocene sediments.
The presence of a long-tailed shrew at PCS, in the latest Miocene or early Pliocene continental interior of mid-latitude eastern North America, well prior to the late Pliocene initiation of glaciation in the northern hemisphere, suggests the presence of a relatively cool, moist microhabitat, probably including woodland, at least somewhere in the vicinity of the Pipe Creek Sinkhole during the latest Hemphillian land mammal age.
Today's climate has reached similar carbon dioxide levels to that of the Pliocene.
Some of the oldest volcanic rocks found in the governorate date back to the Miocene and Pliocene ages.
Scientists have long puzzled over the extent of global warming during the early Pliocene, since it seems at odds with the modest carbon dioxide levels present at the time.
Scientists yesterday warned global warming could return the earth to the Pliocene era four million years ago when sea levels were 80ft higher.
and suggest that they probably mark a period of regional stability and hot climate at the end of the Pliocene or during one of the earlier interglacial periods.
This amazing area is considered one of the best outcrops of the Citronelle Formation, which dates back to the Pliocene epoch, making it a hotbed for research activity by geologists and university students.
Orem and his colleagues have linked the disease to well water contaminated with organic compounds leached from low-rank (softer) coal deposits known as Pliocene lignites.
Pliocene and Pleistocene records of North American Ophisaurus are summarized in Estes (1983).