Pleistocene epoch


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Pleistocene epoch

a division of the Quaternary period lasting from 2 million years ago until 10,000 years ago. The epoch contained four major glaciations and Homo sapiens evolved during this time. see GEOLOGICAL TIME.
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The Pleistocene epoch marked a period of suffering for large mammals near the modern-day location of Southeastern Asia called Sundaland.
Much of the area in the Southwest was not covered by ice during the Pleistocene Epoch (Brown and Davis, 1995) and, at 18,000 BP, deserts were absent from this area (Thompson and Anderson, 2000).
This skull, readily distinguished by its large brain size and long flat face, ignited a longstanding debate about just how many different species of early Homo lived alongside Homo erectus during the Pleistocene epoch.
This geological basin was carved in the late Pleistocene epoch and its waters are deep and cold.
THE TOPIC: In this grand historical survey, Fukuyama charts the evolution of the state--from the tribes of the Pleistocene epoch to the collapse of the monarchy in 18th-century France.
6 million years ago during the Pleistocene Epoch, "the evolutionary theater in which we acquired the tastes, intellectual features, emotional dispositions, and personality traits that distinguish us from our hominid ancestors.
What that means in practice is that 10,000 BC envisions the icy environs of the late Pleistocene epoch as a place that people could simply walk out of if they had the requisite gumption and a heck of a good reason to hit the trail.
Toward the close of the Pleistocene epoch, some 13,000 years ago, tens of millions of American megafauna, including camels, mastodons, and six-ton ground sloths abruptly disappeared within a millennium--a mere micro-flash of geologic time.
The Pleistocene Epoch with its continental ice cap melted, coincidentally, about 10,000 years ago.
The Keys, and these mammals, were isolated from the mainland thousands of years ago by rising sea levels at the end of the Pleistocene Epoch.
The Pleistocene epoch (about 2 million to 10,000 years ago), more commonly known as the Ice Age, had ended roughly 500 years before and changes were coming hard and fast.
The sedimentation surrounding the dig suggests it is very old - probably from the Pleistocene Epoch.