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There are many other types of fossils. Compression fossils form when leaves become trapped between layers of sediment (mud, fine sand, or volcanic ash) and get smashed flat. Over time the sediment hardens into rock and the leaves become fossils. T...

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How do paleontologists figure out a fossil’s age?

It can be difficult to determine the age of fossils (date the fossils). Because fossil bones aren’t made from the right kind of rocks, you can’t really run scientific t...

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The Miocene is the first geological epoch of the Neogene Period and extends from about 23.03 to 5.333 million years ago(Ma). The Miocene was na...

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The Neogene is a geologic period and system that spans 20.45 million years from the end of the Paleogene Period 23.03 million years ago (Mya) to the beginning of the present Quaternary Period 2.58 Mya. The Neogene is sub...

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By the standards of “deep time,” the Pliocene epoch was relatively recent, commencing only five million years or so before the start of the modern historical record. During the Pliocene, prehistoric life around the globe continued to adapt to the...

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The Oligocene epoch wasn’t especially innovative with regard to its prehistoric animals, which continued along the evolutionary paths that had been pretty much locked in during the preceding Eocene (and continued on in turn during the ensuing Mioc...

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The Cenozoic Era is easy to define: it’s the stretch of geologic time that kicked off with the Cretaceous/Tertiary Extinction, 65 million years ago, and continues down to the present day. Informally, the Cenozoic Era is often referred to as the “a...

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The Eocene epoch began 10 million years after the extinction of the dinosaurs, 65 million years ago, and continued for another 22 million years, up to 34 million years ago. As with the preceding Paleocene epoch, the Eocene was characterized by the...

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Allosaurus is a genus of large theropod dinosaur that lived 155 to 150 million years ago during the late Jurassi...

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Anchisaurus is a genus of basal sauropodomorph. An early herbivorous dinosaur, it lived during the Early Jurassi...

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