1Relating to or denoting the present epoch, which is the second epoch in the Quaternary period and followed the Pleistocene. Also called Recent.
- Woolly mammoths, which are now extinct, lived from the Pleistocene to the early Holocene period from about 120,000 to 4,000 years ago.
- In the United States, stark latitudinal changes in vegetative cover were prominent during the transition from Pleistocene to Holocene conditions.
- At that point, around the time of the transition from the Pleistocene to the Holocene, a rapid warming began the shift toward modern climatic conditions.
Late 19th century: coined in French from holo- 'whole' + Greek kainos 'new'.
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