Quaternary period


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Quaternary period

the last two million years of the Cenozoic Era, from 2 million years BP (the end of the Tertiary) to the present time. During this period the increase in the human population has had significant effect on the populations of both other animals and plants.
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Until recently, everybody agreed that we live in the Holocene epoch of the Quaternary period, which in turn is part of the 65-million-year old Cenozoic era, the most recent phase of the 540-million-year Phanerozoic aeon.
The results give scientists a clearer picture of how to reconstruct glacial response to climate change from as far back as when the glaciers were first formed many hundreds of thousands of years ago in the Quaternary Period, a geologic time period that includes the ice ages and extends to present day.
The value of Kama incision offset for the Quaternary period is comparable to Volga offset of the Kazan area.
Tackling the ongoing debates over the megafaunal mass extinctions of the late Quaternary period, for instance, Paul Jentz demonstrates how cross-disciplinary collaboration can contribute to ongoing paleontological, climatological, and historical debates.
It is the closest descendent of the species that lived in this region in the Quaternary Period of the Cenozoic Era.
The chronological chapters begin with the Cryogenian Period, slow down for details at the Triassic and Jurassic, then continue through the Quaternary Period before slowing again to a human time scale.
Breaches of natural dams account for most of the largest known floods of the past 2.6 million years, the so-called Quaternary Period. The biggest occurred when ice dams failed after pre-existing continental drainage systems were blocked by ice sheets during the ice ages that have characterised the Quaternary.
It is given generally in relative terms referring to different stages of the Quaternary period (e.g., Holocene, Upper Pleistocene,...).

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