Of, relating to, or being the epoch of geologic time from about 1.8 million to 10,000 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.
The Pleistocene Epoch.
Designating or of the first geologic epoch of the Quaternary Period, characterized by a series of advancing and retreating continental glaciers in the Northern Hemisphere and the development of modern humans and toolmaking cultures.
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. Mammals included both small forms, such as saber-toothed tigers and horses and giant ones, such as mammoths and mastodons. Almost all the giant mammals, including woolly mammoths, giant wolves, giant ground sloths, and massive wombats disappeared at the end of the Pleistocene and the start of the Holocene.
Greek pleistosmostpelə-1 in Indo-European roots –cene
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Pleistocene Sentence Examples
The fossil shells, pottery and rude stone implements, found alike at the base and at the surface of these middens, prove that the habits of the islanders have not varied since a remote past, and lead to the belief that the Andamans were settled by their present inhabitants some time during the Pleistocene period, and certainly no later than the Neolithic age.
Although a few of the Pleistocene ground-sloths, such as Nothropus and Nothrotherium (= Coelodon), were of comparatively small size, in the Santa Cruz beds of Patagonia few of the representatives of the family much exceeded a modern sloth in size.
In the Pleistocene period many large lakes were formed within the Great Basin; especially, by the fusion of small catchment basins, two great confluent bodies of water - Lake Lahontan (in the Nevada basin) and Lake Bonneville (in the Utah basin).
The mammalian remains found in Pleistocene deposits are of exceptional interest.