Pleistocene epoch


Pleistocene epoch
noun
from two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution
Syn: ↑Pleistocene, ↑Glacial epoch
Instance Hypernyms: ↑epoch
Part Holonyms: ↑Quaternary, ↑Quaternary period, ↑Age of Man

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  • Pleistocene Epoch — Earlier and longer of the two epochs that constitute the Quaternary Period. The Pleistocene began с 1.8 million years ago and ended с 10,000 years ago. It was preceded by the Pliocene Epoch of the Tertiary Period and followed by the Holocene… …   Universalium

  • Pleistocene — [plīs′tə sēn΄] adj. [< Gr pleistos, most, superl. of polys, much (see POLY ) + CENE] [sometimes p ] designating or of the first geologic epoch of the Quaternary Period, characterized by a series of advancing and retreating continental glaciers …   English World dictionary

  • Pleistocene — Pleis to*cene, a. [Gr. ? most + ? new.] (Geol.) Of or pertaining to the epoch, or the deposits, following the Tertiary, and immediately preceding man. n. The Pleistocene epoch, or deposits. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Pleistocene megafauna — is the set of species of large animals mdash; mammals, birds and reptiles mdash; that lived on Earth during the Pleistocene epoch and went extinct in a Quaternary extinction event. These species appear to have died off as humans expanded out of… …   Wikipedia

  • Pleistocene — The Pleistocene (IPAEng| plaɪstəsi:n) is the epoch from 1.8 million to 10,000 years BP covering the world s recent period of repeated glaciations. The name pleistocene is derived from the Greek Polytonic|πλεῖστος ( pleistos most ) and… …   Wikipedia

  • epoch — /ep euhk/ or, esp. Brit., /ee pok/, n. 1. a particular period of time marked by distinctive features, events, etc.: The treaty ushered in an epoch of peace and good will. 2. the beginning of a distinctive period in the history of anything: The… …   Universalium

  • Pleistocene Series — ▪ geology       worldwide division of rocks deposited during the Pleistocene Epoch (1,600,000 to 10,000 years ago). It overlies rocks from the Pliocene Epoch (5.3 to 1.6 million years ago) and is itself overlain by rocks of the Holocene Series;… …   Universalium

  • Pleistocene — /pluy steuh seen /, Geol. adj. 1. noting or pertaining to the epoch forming the earlier half of the Quaternary Period, beginning about two million years ago and ending 10,000 years ago, characterized by widespread glacial ice and the advent of… …   Universalium

  • Pleistocene — 1. adjective Of a geologic epoch within the Neogene period from about 1.7 million to 11,000 years ago; marked by the evolution of man, and the extinction of the large mammals. 2 …   Wiktionary

  • Pleistocene — Pleis•to•cene [[t]ˈplaɪ stəˌsin[/t]] adj. 1) gel 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… …   From formal English to slang