Pleistocene

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Pleis·to·cene

 (plī′stə-sēn′)
adj.
Of, relating to, or being the epoch of geologic time from about 2.6 million to 12,000 years ago, the older of the two epochs of the Quaternary Period. It is characterized by the alternate appearance and recession of northern glaciation, the appearance and worldwide spread of hominins, and the extinction of numerous land mammals, such as the mammoths, mastodons, and saber-toothed tigers. See Table at geologic time.
n.
The Pleistocene Epoch.

[Greek pleistos, most; see pelə- in Indo-European roots + -cene.]

Pleistocene

(ˈplaɪstəˌsiːn)
adj
(Geological Science) of, denoting, or formed in the first epoch of the Quaternary period, which lasted for about 1 600 000 years. It was characterized by extensive glaciations of the N hemisphere and the evolutionary development of man
n
(Geological Science) the Pleistocene the Pleistocene epoch or rock series
[C19: from Greek pleistos most + kainos recent]

Pleis•to•cene

(ˈplaɪ stəˌsin)

adj.
1. of or pertaining to the geologic epoch forming the earlier half of the Quaternary Period, beginning about two million years ago and ending ten thousand years ago, the time of the last Ice Age and the advent of modern humans.
n.
2. the Pleistocene Epoch or Series.
[1830–40; < Greek pleîsto(s) most (superlative of polýs much) + -cene]

Pleis·to·cene

(plī′stə-sēn′)
The earlier of the two epochs of the Quaternary Period, from about 2 million to 10,000 years ago. The Pleistocene Epoch was characterized by the formation of widespread glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere and by the appearance of humans. See Chart at geologic time.

Pleistocene

, Pliocene, Miocene, Oligocene - Pleistocene means "most recent," Pliocene means "more recent," Miocene means "moderately recent," and Oligocence means "but a little recent."
See also related terms for recent.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Pleistocene - from two million to 11 thousand years agoPleistocene - from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution
Age of Man, Quaternary, Quaternary period - last 2 million years
Translations
Pleistozän

Pleistocene

nPleistozän nt
adjpleistozän, Pleistozän-; Pleistocene periodPleistozänzeit f
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The first wave of migration of Homo sapiens, as evidenced by fossil finds in places outside Africa, was thought to have taken place a maximum of 120,000 years ago.
Lemuria, still according to legend sank in the Pacific Ocean around 120,000 years ago.
Biological anthropologist Luca Pagani of the Estonian Biocentre in Tartu and colleagues report that at least 2 percent of the Papuan genome can be traced to small bands of humans who left Africa 120,000 years ago.
About 120,000 years ago, sea levels were 20 feet higher than they are today.
They found that mammoths nearly went extinct 120,000 years ago when the world warmed up for a while.
A warm period 120,000 years ago caused populations to decline and become fragmented, leading to the emergence of a distinct type of mammoth that lived in western Europe.
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DETAILS on changes in the Earth's climate around 120,000 years ago during a period of warming have been uncovered with the help of a Welsh scientist working in Greenland.
Scientific evidence proves that about 120,000 years ago, the sea almost evaporated, but was revived by the return of fresh water.
The research by the Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry's Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency shows the fault -- technically named S-1, which runs southeast to northwest within the premises -- moved sometime after 130,000 to 120,000 years ago, the sources said.