Pleistocene meaning

plīstə-sēn
(geology) The Pleistocene epoch.
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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.
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The Pleistocene Epoch.
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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.
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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.
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(geology) 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.
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the Pleistocene
  • the Pleistocene Epoch or its rocks
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the Pleistocene

Origin of pleistocene

  • Greek pleistos most pelə-1 in Indo-European roots –cene

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition