1Relating to or denoting the aeon covering the whole of time since the beginning of the Cambrian period, and comprising the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic, and Cenozoic eras. Compare with Cryptozoic.
- The Indian plate rocks include late Archaean, Proterozoic and Phanerozoic continental margin sequences.
- So far, about 17 macrofossil - rich hydrocarbon seep systems have been recognised in the Phanerozoic strata of Jurassic to Pliocene age.
- Beneath the Møre Basin, developed on a Phanerozoic domain, the lithospheric thickness is 125 km, decreasing to values of 80-60 km beneath the Cenozoic rifted domain.
Late 19th century: from Greek phaneros 'visible, evident' + zōion 'animal' + -ic.
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