Tertiary period

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n Tertiary period from 63 million to 2 million years ago
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tertiary period (Geol) The first period of the age of mammals, or of the Cenozoic era.
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Usage

In literature:

All these things were done before the Tertiary period opened.
"The Story of Evolution" by Joseph McCabe
At the close of the Tertiary period, from causes not yet determined, the Northern Hemisphere underwent a great depression of temperature.
"History of the Conflict Between Religion and Science" by John William Draper
I cannot avoid feeling sceptical about the travelling of plants from the North EXCEPT DURING THE TERTIARY PERIOD.
"The Life and Letters of Charles Darwin, Volume II (of II)" by Charles Darwin
Tertiary period, action of sea and earth-movement.
"More Letters of Charles Darwin Volume II" by Charles Darwin
The Middle Tertiary period.
"The Ancient Life History of the Earth" by Henry Alleyne Nicholson
During the short tertiary period the brain in many of their genera seems to have increased tenfold.
"The Whence and the Whither of Man" by John Mason Tyler
In the latest or tertiary period, again, we come upon nearly all the forms of fuels we have already specified.
"Scientific American Supplement, No. 717, September 28, 1889" by Various
It was the glorious and wild vegetation of the Tertiary period, in all its superb magnificence.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
The remaining Tertiary periods were classed as Paleogaen by Naumaun in 1866.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 4, Part 4" by Various
That which chiefly distinguished the Palaeozoic from the Secondary and Tertiary periods was its gorgeous flora.
"The Testimony of the Rocks" by Hugh Miller
Since the tertiary period two-thirds of Europe have been lifted above the sea.
"History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Volume I (of 2)" by John William Draper
Now, during all these successive tertiary periods, there are signs of a great increase of land in European and North American latitudes.
"Principles of Geology" by Charles Lyell
During the Tertiary period the great volcanoes of the Andes were formed, and there were smaller eruptions in the Sierras.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 5" by Various
They are now extinct, but were probably active till the close of the Tertiary period.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 7" by Various
The most remarkable feature in the geology of Elba is the extent of the granitic and ophiolitic eruptions of the Tertiary period.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 2" by Various
The Tertiary period saw fundamental changes in the geography of Europe.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 9, Slice 8" by Various
Middle and Eastern Germany, with Poland and the valley of the Dnieper, present on the surface Eocene formations of the Tertiary period.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia" by Various
These were all regarded as belonging to the Tertiary period.
"The Romance of Polar Exploration" by G. Firth Scott
The three chief divisions, which are apt to blend one into the other, are the primary, secondary, and tertiary periods.
"Essays In Pastoral Medicine" by Austin ÓMalley
In Europe Marsupials lingered on into the Tertiary period, when they finally became extinct.
"The Cambridge Natural History, Vol X., Mammalia" by Frank Evers Beddard
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In science:

Color terms between tertiary catalogs averaged over different periods.
Improved Photometric Calibration of the SNLS and the SDSS Supernova Surveys
As we will see in section 3.1, the emissions from the secondary pairs make the main features of the light curve such as the two peaks in a period, and the emissions from the tertiary pairs contribute to the bridge phase.
Polarization of high-energy emissions from the Crab pulsar
The effect of the perturbations of a tertiary for the apsidal motion period has already been investigated only in a few previous studies (Khodykin & Vedeneyev 1997; Khodykin et al. 2004, and references therein).
Tidal and rotational effects in the perturbations of hierarchical triple stellar systems. II. Eccentric systems - the case of AS Camelopardalis
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