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Phanerozoic

[ fan-er-uh-zoh-ik ]
/ ˌfæn ər əˈzoʊ ɪk /
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noun
the eon comprising the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras.
adjective
of or relating to this eon.
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Origin of Phanerozoic

1925–30; <Greek phaneró(s) manifest, visible + zo- + -ic
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British Dictionary definitions for Phanerozoic

Phanerozoic
/ (ˌfænərəˈzəʊɪk) /

adjective
of or relating to that part of geological time represented by rocks in which the evidence of life is abundant, comprising the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras
noun
the Phanerozoic the Phanerozoic era
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Scientific definitions for Phanerozoic

Phanerozoic
[ făn′ər-ə-zōĭk ]

The period of geologic time from about 540 million years ago to the present, including the Paleozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic Eras. When this period of time was first defined, it was thought to coincide with the first appearance of life in the fossil record. It is now known that bacterial and other forms of life were present in the Precambrian Eon, and the Phanerozoic is understood to coincide with the appearance of life forms that evolved external skeletons. See Chart at geologic time.
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