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Tertiary Period by Zdenek Burian

Tertiary Period
Tertiary Period
The Tertiary is a term for a geologic period 65 million to 2.6 million years ago. The Tertiary covered the time span between the superseded Secondary period and the Quaternary. The period began with the demise of the non-avian dinosaurs in the Cretaceous�Tertiary extinction event, at the start of the Cenozoic era, spanning to the beginning of the most recent Ice Age, at the end of the Pliocene epoch.

Climates during the Tertiary slowly cooled, starting off in the Paleocene with tropical-to-moderate worldwide temperatures and ending before the first extensive glaciation at the start of the Quaternary.

Original Art by Czech Paleo-artist Zdenek Burian. Copyright Zdenek Burian-Heirs, © Jiri Hochman and Martin Hochman. All rights reserved.

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Tertiary Period