Tertiary Period

Timeline created by KellyE.
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    63 Million years

    1 year is symbolic of 1 million years ago.
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    Paleocene Epoch

    Climate is coolPolar ice caps or aformed
    Small, early mammals diversify and move across the continents, as there are no predator dinosaur and carnivores.
    Primitive Primates are also first seen here.
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    Eocene Epoch

    This is where we find the oldest known fossils of modern mammals, however they are all very small in size (rodents appear).
    Complete separation of Australia and Antarctica, and Australia begins to drift to the north.
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    Oligocene Epoch

    This is where we find the appearence of the first elephants with trunks, some grasses and early forms of horses, deer cats, rhinos etc)
    Minor extincition of some animals and Antarctica becomes isolated.
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    Tertiary Period
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    Miocene Epoch

    In this Epoch the climate is significantly warmer and there is a relatviely fast evoulution of large primates and hoofed animals.
    (horses, dogs, bears, modern birds, monkeys etc)
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    Tertiary Period
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    Pliocene Epoch

    This is where the ape and the human lines are said to diverge into the "Sahelanthropuc tchadensis and Orrorin tugenesis appear, triggering the age of the Australiophithecines (Southern Apes). Australopithecus sediba is the latest find associated with this epoch and is likely to be a transitional link between the apele australiopithecines and homo"
    Modern forms of whales are known to be in existance as well.
    K-T Extinction whipes out the dinosaur population and 80% of other species become extinct