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The Oligocene Epoch 35 to 24 million years ago

The name Oligocene (Oligo - few; cene - recent) means that very few extant (recent) taxa are found in these sediments.

Horses disappeared from Europe in the Oligocene, but persisted in North America. Many other ancient mammals of the Eocene died out while the perissodactyls (horses, rhinos, the rhino-like titanotheres) became more diverse.


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