What is Pleistocene?

  • (noun): From two million to 11 thousand years ago; extensive glaciation of the northern hemisphere; the time of human evolution.
    Synonyms: Pleistocene epoch, Glacial epoch


The Pleistocene ( /ˈplaɪstəsiːn/) (symbol PS) is the geological epoch which lasted from about 2,588,000 to 11,700 years ago, spanning the world's recent period of repeated glaciations.

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South Asian Stone Age - Homo Erectus
... Pakistan along the Soan River (nearby Rawalpindi) during the Pleistocene Epoch ... Biface handaxe and cleaver traditions may have originated in the middle Pleistocene ... of lower paleolithic may be dated to approximately the middle Pleistocene ...
Sandia Cave - History
... Faunal remains included extinct, Pleistocene mammals ... many mammal and bird species that survived the end of the Pleistocene, making this one of the most important Pleistocene paleontological sites in northern ...
Shum Laka - History
... situated in the Grassfields of northwestern Cameroon, was occupied during the later Pleistocene and Holocene ... response to the environmental changes in Central Africa at the end of the Pleistocene ... team brought the most complete sequence in West Africa, spanning the Late Pleistocene and the Holocene ...
Pleistocene - Deposits
... Pleistocene non-marine sediments are found primarily in fluvial deposits, lakebeds, slope and loess deposits as well as in the large amounts of material moved about by glaciers ... Pleistocene marine deposits are found primarily in shallow marine basins mostly (but with important exceptions) in areas within a few tens of kilometers of the modern shoreline ... few geologically active areas such as the Southern California coast, Pleistocene marine deposits may be found at elevations of several hundred meters ...