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The Quaternary is the most recent geological time period, which started 1.67 to 2.4 million years ago depending on the area studied. The Quaternary is part of the Cenozoic ("new life") Era, along with the Tertiary Period. The Quaternary Period includes recent time (the last 11,000 years ago, since the last ice age) which is called the Holocene and the Pleistocene Epoch.

There is currently much debate as to how long the Quaternary period is. There are considerations into re-classifying the Quaternary as it is "technically" too short to be considered a geological age. But this is a matter of much conjecture at the moment.

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What was the climate like in the Quaternary period?

The climate was cold in the Quaternary period.

When did the Quaternary Period begin and end?

The Quaternary began 1.8 million years ago and we are still in the Quaternary period.

Is the neogene apart of quaternary?

The Neogene Period is not a part of the Quaternary Period. The Quaternary Period occurred right after the Neogene Period. The Neogene is divided into two, Miocene and the Pliocene epochs.

The first epic of the Quaternary Period?

The first epoch of the Quaternary Period is the Pleistocene epoch.

What did the Earth's surface look like in the quaternary period?

As this is the Quaternary period - take a look around.

When did the quaternary time period start?

The Quaternary Period began 2.6 million years ago.

What were the dominant organisms living in the quaternary time period?

the humans were the dominant organisms in the quaternary time period

What happend before the quaternary period that impacted life in the quaternary period?

That's When The Human race appeared

What are main things travelers might like to see in the quaternary period?

what will you might see in the quaternary period

Is the Quaternary Period considered part of the Cenozoic era?

Yes. The Quaternary Period is part of the late Cenozoic.

What period is it now?

Currently we are in the Quaternary period.

What period is before the quaternary?

the period is teritary the period after dinosaurs

What was the climate like during the quaternary time?

It was cold in the Quaternary time period

How long ago did the Quaternary period end?

We are in the Quaternary period now (Holocene Epoch). So it hasn't ended yet.

What period are you currently living in?

Humans currently live in the Holocene stage. This is part of the Quaternary period, and the Quaternary is a part of the Cenozoic era. The Quaternary began 2.588 million years ago.

What Eon was the Quaternary Period in?


What is the present geologic period?

Quaternary .

Most Recent Period in The Cenozoic Era?

The Quaternary Period.

was the hippo in the quaternary period?

Since that period is ' to the present, ' yes.

How long is the Quaternary time period?

The Quaternary started around 1.8 million years ago and is also the current geologic time period.

Are you in the Quaternary Period?

Yes. We currently live in an "interglacial period" of the Quaternary Ice Age. Some people confuse "ice age" with a "glacial period" within an ice age.

What is the era you live in?

We live in the Quaternary period.

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What geologic period do we live in now?

Geologically speaking, we are in the Quaternary Period.

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