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Mississippian

Hierarchy:Phanerozoic Paleozoic  Carboniferous
   Mississippian
Classification:Epoch (as per International Commission on Stratigraphy)
Top:323.2 ± 0.4 Ma
Base:358.9 ± 0.4 Ma
Preceeds:Pennsylvanian Bashkirian
Follows:Devonian Late Devonian  Famennian
Primary Divisions:SerpukhovianViséanTournaisian
FGDC code:M
Large primitive trees, first land vertebrates, and amphibious sea-scorpions live amid coal-forming coastal swamps. Lobe-finned rhizodonts are dominant big fresh-water predators. In the oceans, early sharks are common and quite diverse; echinoderms (especiallycrinoids and blastoids) abundant. Corals, bryozoa, goniatites and brachiopods (Productida, Spiriferida, etc.) very common, but trilobites and nautiloids decline. Glaciation in East Gondwana. Tuhua Orogeny in New Zealand tapers off.
 

Geologic Events

Event NameTypeAgeArea
Pangaea assembly (begins)Continental Assembly335 - 272 MaGlobal
Charlevoix impactImpact Event342 ± 15 MaQuebec, Canada
Variscan/Hercynian orogeny (concludes)Orogeny~400 - ~280 MaEurope/North America


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