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Paleogene

[ pey-lee-uh-jeen; especially British pal-ee- ]
/ ˈpeɪ li əˌdʒin; especially British ˈpæl i- /
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adjective
noting or pertaining to the earlier part of the Cenozoic Era, in the system adopted by some geologists, occurring from 65 to 25 million years ago and including the Oligocene, Eocene, and Paleocene epochs: corresponds to the earlier part of the Tertiary Period in the system generally used in the U.S.Compare Neogene.
noun
the Paleogene Period or System.
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Origin of Paleogene

1880–85; <German Paläogen, equivalent to paläo-paleo- + -gen (<Greek genésthai to be born); cf. -gen
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How to use Paleogene in a sentence

  • Above the boundary lay rocks of the Paleogene, which contain none of these creatures, but mark the beginning of the Age of Mammals, in which furry animals emerged to become the largest animals on land and in the seas.

Scientific definitions for Paleogene

Paleogene
[ pālē-ə-jēn′ ]

The oldest of two subdivisions of the Tertiary Period, including the Paleocene, Eocene, and Oligocene Epochs.
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