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Eocene Epoch - Florida Fossils: Evolution of Life and Land

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Fifty Million Years Ago, the Arctic Was a Warm Swamp I NOVA I PBS

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What Was Earth Like During the Eocene Epoch

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PALEOCENE-EOCENE THERMAL MAXIMUM: FOSSIL MAMMALS

The Eocene Epoch, lasting from 56 to 33.9 million years ago, is a major division of the geologic timescale and the second epoch of the Paleogene Period in the Cenozoic Era. The Eocene spans the time from the end of the Paleocene Epoch to the beginning of the Oligocene Epoch. The start of the Eocene is marked by a brief period in which the concentration of the carbon isotope 13C in the atmosphere was exceptionally low in comparison with the more common isotope 12C. The end is set at a major extinction event called the Grande Coupure or the Eocene–Oligocene extinction event, which may be related to the impact of one or more large bolides in Siberia and in what is now Chesapeake Bay. As with other geologic periods, the strata that define the start and end of the epoch are well identified, though their exact dates are slightly uncertain.
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