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.
You might think that someone like me, born way back in the Pleistocene epoch--the early Pleistocene--would have a leg up in the experience department, but you'd be wrong.
Apart from human remains, they also found bones of giant sloths, ancient elephants and extinct bears from the Pleistocene period, Mexico's Culture Ministry said in a statement.
Recently excavated bovid material in the Pleistocene locality of Sardhok (Punjab, Pakistan) includes dentition that provides a better knowledge of the taxon morphology, and this material expands our anatomical knowledge of this taxon.
For years, the sharp decline in Rhino population globally was attributed to inhumane poaching activities and mass killings but a new study detailing the Sumatran rhino - whose population is estimated to be a mere 200 individuals in the wild - and its history as a species on Earth has revealed that the Pleistocene epoch, which lasted between 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, was very rough on the species too and could explain the trouble their populations face worldwide now.
These fossils are from a Late Miocene marine deposit and a Middle Pleistocene nonmarine deposit, and do shed some light on ideas about cichlid paleobio-geography in the New World.
The limbs and plunging formations are Early Eocene Drug rubbly limestone and Baska gypsum and shales of Chamalang (Ghazij) Group, Middle Eocene Habib Rahi limestone, Domanda shale, Pirkoh marl/limestone and Drazinda shale of Kahan Group, Oligocene Chitarwata (ferruginous sandstone, conglomerate and shale), Miocene Vihowa (red muds and sandstone) and Litra (greenish grey sandstone with some red muds) and Pliocene Chaudhwan (alternated sandstone and maroon muds) of Vihowa Group and Pleistocene Dada (conglomerate) and Holocene Sakhi Sarwar (clays, sandstone and conglomerates) ofSakhi Sarwar Group.
The fossils of Giraffidae are reported throughout the Siwalik Early Miocene - Late Pleistocene.
Given the lack of knowledge about the diet and habitat of this rare antilocaprid species, we present preliminary data on its feeding ecology and habitat preferences using two methodological approaches--mesowear analysis and carbon and oxygen isotopic ratio assays--for three individuals from the late Pleistocene locality of Cedral, San Luis Potosi, Mexico (23[degrees]49'N, 100[degrees]43'W; 1,700 meters above sea level).
Stegodonts, distant cousins of modern elephants, are thought to have been present on earth from around 11 million years ago until the late Pleistocene period, which lasted until the end of the last Ice Age around 11,700 years ago.
Stegodons, distant cousins of modern elephants, are thought to have been present on earth from around 11 million years ago until the late Pleistocene period, which lasted until the end of the last Ice Age around 11,700 years ago.
Stegodons, distant cousins of modern elephants, are thought to have been present on earth from around 11mn years ago until the late Pleistocene period, which lasted until the end of the last Ice Age around 11,700 years ago.