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.]
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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]
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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]
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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.
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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.
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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
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Translations
Pleistozän

Pleistocene

nPleistozän nt
adjpleistozän, Pleistozän-; Pleistocene periodPleistozänzeit f
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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.
The beautiful armadillo is known from the end of the Pliocene through the latest Pleistocene, exhibiting a temporal size increase that terminated with Rancholabrean armadillos twice the size of the modern D.
This pattern of a horse-dominated Late Pleistocene fauna is consistent with those from the North Slope of Alaska and further demonstrates that conditions in northernmost Beringia were more arid than those in interior areas such as Fairbanks or the Klondike.
"The new discoveries in Huqf, Al Haushi area indicate that the rich cultural legacy known from northern Arabia [Syria, Lebanon, Palestine] during Pleistocene was never in contact with its southern neighbours," Biubwa Ali Al Sabri, director of the archaeology department at the Ministry of Heritage and Culture, told Gulf News on Saturday.
Now that we have reached the Pleistocene, Azita has been making deceptively straightforward piano-song-writing albums, aiming fully towards modern rock Classic Songwriting in the tradition of Steely Dan and maybe Billy Joel.
The archaeological record indicated that Pleistocene societies were less varied than those of the later Holocene and ethnographically documented periods, in other words, Aboriginal societies changed from simple to complex.
The first posting is "Voices for a National Pleistocene Reserve" (primalnature.org/npreserve.htm), advocating protection of the largest unprotected expanse of public land in the US the 23.5 million acres in the Arctic that now constitute the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska.
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The resistivity imaging survey can be a very useful method for investigation of the Pleistocene sediments structure especially in the areas where the bore-holes are in small numbers.
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