Eocene epoch


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Eocene epoch

The second part of the Tertiary period: 55 to 38 million years ago.
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Noun1.Eocene epoch - from 58 million to 40 million years agoEocene epoch - from 58 million to 40 million years ago; presence of modern mammals
Tertiary, Tertiary period - from 63 million to 2 million years ago
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Led by scientists at Yale, the study focused on Antarctica during the Eocene epoch, 40-50 million years ago, a period with high concentrations of atmospheric CO2 and consequently a greenhouse climate.
They found traces of prophyrins present in mosquito's abdomen that was from the Eocene epoch, 19 million years after the dinosaurs went extinct.
Formed by a volcanic eruption nearly 48 million years ago, the shale in the pit has yielded a bounty of fossils from the Eocene epoch, when that region of Germany was a tropical forest.
The fossil, called Darwinius masillae and said to be a female, provides the most complete understanding of the paleobiology of any primate so far discovered from the Eocene Epoch, Hurum said.
The female animal lived during Earth's Eocene epoch, which was crucial for the development of early primates.
The monkey-like creature was preserved through the ages in Germany's Messel Pit, a crater rich in Eocene Epoch fossils.
Scientists believe rhodoliths have been present in the world's oceans since at least the Eocene epoch, some 55 million years ago.