The Paleocene Epoch Essay

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Following the Paleocene Epoch is the second stage of the Paleogene or Tertiary Period called the Eocene Epoch. The Eocene Epoch was marked by the dominance of angiosperms and the continuation of mammals as a result of radiation. The Eocene Epoch lasted from 57 to 35 millions of years ago. Being the second stage of Earth where there were no dinosaurs meant that there was a lot of room for other, previously less competitive species, to prosper. This epoch began as a result of the methane gas leak from under the ocean floor during the Paleocene Epoch. Due to the extinction of animals during the late Paleocene Epoch other organisms in the Eocene Epoch had to reorganize themselves to make sure ...view middle of the document...

Other animals not previously mentioned that lived during the Eocene Epoch were some different types of cattle (sheep and goats), horses, and rhinoceros. Some whale fossils were found and dated back to this period which feature some things which are considered to be vestigial parts now, like hind legs.
The climate of the Eocene Epoch can be described as similar to that of the Paleocene Epoch because it was still majorly a subtropical climate. The average temperature for that epoch, however, was slightly higher at thirty degrees Celsius. There was little to no variation in climate probably since there were still no ice caps at the North and South Pole of Earth. One significant difference in the Eocene Epoch was the immense amount of rain, snow, and hail that seemed to fall in these tropical temperatures. The average temperature became slightly more bearable at the end of the epoch, as noted by the growth in size of the animals, lowering to still remain at the subtropical level. The land still consisted mostly of subtropical forests although some temperate forests and grasslands were found in the Southern Hemisphere.
The continents remained the same for the most part of the Eocene Epoch. There were land bridges connecting most continents. However, Australia was now barely connected to...

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