Haq, Bilal U. Division of Ocean Sciences, National Science Foundation, Arlington, Virginia.
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The oldest of the seven geological epochs of the Cenozoic Era, and the oldest of the five epochs that make up the Tertiary Period. The Paleocene Epoch represents an interval of geological time (and rocks deposited during that time) from the end of the Cretaceous Period to the beginning of the Eocene Epoch (Fig. 1). Recent revisions of the geological time scales place the Paleocene Epoch from 66 to 56 million years ago (MYA). See also: Cenozoic; Eocene; Geologic time scale; Tertiary
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