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The Pliocene Epoch 5.3 to 1.75 million years ago

Though a relatively short epoch, tremendous events occurred during the Pliocene (Plio - more; cene - recent), such as the development of ice caps, the drying of the Mediterranean, and the joining of the Americas. Biogeographically, this epoch is characterized by the dramatic modernization of mammals. All of the presently existing orders and families are known from the Pliocene, as well as many of the existing genera.


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