Miocene epoch


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Miocene epoch

The fourth part of the Tertiary period.
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Noun1.Miocene epoch - from 25 million to 13 million years agoMiocene epoch - from 25 million to 13 million years ago; appearance of grazing mammals
Tertiary, Tertiary period - from 63 million to 2 million years ago
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The thickness of this layer is 60 metres and it dates back to the Miocene epoch, in addition to many gas layers dating back to the Pliocene epoch.
It is one of the few dolphins to be officially reported globally as originating from the Miocene epoch.
Papahu taitapu, the first of its kind ever found, lived 19 million to 22 million years ago, and is one of the few dolphins to be reported globally dating to the start of the Miocene epoch, according to University of Otago researchers.
Scientists began to suspect that high-latitude temperatures during the middle Miocene epoch were warmer than previously believed when co-author Sophie Warny, assistant professor at LSU, discovered large quantities of pollen and algae in sediment cores taken around Antarctica.
They date back to between six and eight million years ago, falling into the Late Miocene epoch.
Along with three other remote islands, it broke from the mainland continent during the Miocene epoch, about the same time as the Himalayas began to rise.
For example, after a warming episode about 20 million years in the early Miocene epoch, the dominant vegetation transitioned from woodland to a savannah-like grassland.
The kea's evolutionary ancestor is the "proto-kaka", which may have lived as long as 15 million years ago, during the Miocene epoch, when New Zealand was one large island (Figure 2).