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
References in classic literature ?
When the marine forms of life are spoken of as having changed simultaneously throughout the world, it must not be supposed that this expression relates to the same thousandth or hundred-thousandth year, or even that it has a very strict geological sense; for if all the marine animals which live at the present day in Europe, and all those that lived in Europe during the pleistocene period (an enormously remote period as measured by years, including the whole glacial epoch), were to be compared with those now living in South America or in Australia, the most skilful naturalist would hardly be able to say whether the existing or the pleistocene inhabitants of Europe resembled most closely those of the southern hemisphere.
Our project focuses on the Late Pleistocene human settlement of the central area of the Iberian Peninsula.
The animal, from the Pleistocene period, became extinct 35,000 years ago.
These factors would have been heavily influenced by climate and habitat, both of which were in constant flux during alternating glacial and interglacial cycles of the Pleistocene [Era]," Lee Arnold, from the University of Adelaide and one of the research's authors (http://theconversation.
The Middle Pleistocene was a long period of about half a million years during which hominin evolution didn't proceed through a slow process of change with just one kind of hominin quietly evolving towards the classic Neandertal," said lead author Juan-Luis Arsuaga, Professor of Paleontology at the Complutense University of Madrid.
The first preserved leafcutter bees from the Pleistocene epoch have turned up in the La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles.
Reimer, 2014, A Late Pleistocene record of climate and environmental change from the northern and southern Kelabit Highlands of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo.
Seeing lithics; a middle-range theory for testing for cultural transmission in the Pleistocene.
By Monte Morin/Los Angeles Times/MCT Say what you will about early Pleistocene man, he sure liked to keep his teeth clean - or at least as clean as he could get them with a toothpick.
Traces of genetic abnormalities, such as EPF, are seen unusually often in the skulls of Pleistocene humans, from early Homo erectus to the end of the Paleolithic.
Deposits containing fossils are remnants of horizontal sedimentary beds of late Pleistocene age that have been dissected, but are preserved as remnants inset against Tertiary sediments within a canyon known as Stratton Wash, a western tributary to the San Pedro River.