Pliocene epoch


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Pliocene epoch

the last epoch of the TERTIARY PERIOD, lasting from the end of the Miocene seven million years ago to approximately two million years ago. Early man evolved during this period, some three million years ago. Britain's climate supported a warm temperate flora.
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On the basis of water temperature changes and the geographical and stratigraphic occurrence of these two genera, we propose that Sinaechinocyamus might have evolved from a local, marginal population of Scaphechinus that extended to Taiwan from the waters of Japan during the early Pliocene Epoch when the sea temperature was low.
The sediments depict the end of the Pliocene epoch, which lasted from 5.
The researchers say our upright gait may have its origins in the rugged landscape of East and South Africa which was shaped during the Pliocene epoch by volcanoes and shifting tectonic plates.
Using three independent methods--isotope analysis of fossil trees and mosses, analysis of the distribution of lipids in fossil soil bacteria and an inventory of ancient plant distributions--the scientists determined that although the mean annual temperature on Ellesmere Island during the Pliocene epoch (2.
Brigham-Grette added that the world at that time, known as the Pliocene Epoch, had a similar proportion of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere as is recorded today.