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1Relating to or denoting the last epoch of the Tertiary period, between the Miocene and Pleistocene epochs.
- ‘The sediments recovered are of Early Pleistocene to Late Pliocene age.’
- ‘Miocene to middle Pliocene species are widely distributed in Europe, Africa, Australia, North and South America.’
- ‘The fossils from the formation represent organisms that thrived during the Pliocene epoch, at the end of the Tertiary period.’
- ‘Nevertheless whatever the cause of folding in the Miocene sediments, the important point is that the Pliocene sediments have no sign of similar deformation and unconformably overlie the Miocene.’
- ‘These species are widely distributed in Upper Miocene and Pliocene deposits in tropical America, forming a morphologically distinctive group.’
- 1.1as noun the Pliocene The Pliocene epoch or the system of rocks deposited during it.
Mid 19th century: from Greek pleiōn ‘more’ + kainos ‘new’.
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