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Paleocene

Hierarchy:Phanerozoic Cenozoic  Paleogene
   Paleocene
Classification:Epoch (as per International Commission on Stratigraphy)
Top:56.0 Ma
Base:66.0 Ma
Preceeds:Eocene Ypresian
Follows:Mesozoic Cretaceous  Late Cretaceous   Maastrichtian
Primary Divisions:ThanetianSelandianDanian
Climate tropical. Modern plants appear; Mammals diversify into a number of primitive lineages following the extinction of the dinosaurs. First large mammals (up to bear or small hippo size). Alpine orogeny in Europe and Asia begins. Indian Subcontinent collides with Asia 55 Ma, Himalayan Orogeny starts between 52 and 48 Ma.
 

Geologic Events

Event NameTypeAgeArea
Chicxulub impactImpact Event66 MaYucatan peninsula, Mexico
Deccan Traps volcanism (concludes)Volcanic Activity66.25 - 65.5 MaIndia
Kerguelen Plateau formation (ongoing)Volcanic Activity119 - 34 MaSouthern Indian Ocean
Pangaea breakup (ongoing)Continental Breakup175 - 55 MaGlobal
Andean orogeny (ongoing)OrogenyMaximum Age: 200 MaSouth America
Laurasia supercontinent (ongoing)Supercontinent215 - 55 MaNorthern Hemisphere


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