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The Geozoic Supereon

Kowalewski, Michal and Payne, Jonathan L. and Smith, Felisa A. and Wang, Steve C. and McShea, Daniel W. and Xiao, Shuhai and Novack-Gottshall, Philip M. and McClain, Craig R. and Krause, Richard A., Jr. and Boyer, Alison G. and Finnegan, Seth and Lyons, S. Kathleen and Stempien, Jennifer A. and Alroy, John and Spaeth, Paula A. (2011) The Geozoic Supereon. Palaios, 26 (5-6). pp. 251-255. ISSN 0883-1351 . https://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20110719-090817393

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Abstract

Geological time units are the lingua franca of earth sciences: they are a terminological convenience, a vernacular of any geological conversation, and a prerequisite of geo-scientific writing found throughout in earth science dictionaries and textbooks. Time units include terms formalized by stratigraphic committees as well as informal constructs erected ad hoc to communicate more efficiently. With these time terms we partition Earth’s history into utilitarian and intuitively understandable time segments that vary in length over seven orders of magnitude: from the 225-year-long Anthropocene (Crutzen and Stoermer, 2000) to the ,4-billion-year-long Precambrian (e.g., Hicks, 1885; Ball, 1906; formalized by De Villiers, 1969).


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Additional Information:© 2011 SEPM (Society for Sedimentary Geology). The concept of the Geozoic originated during meetings of a Working Group (Phanerozoic body size trends in time and space: macroevolution and macroecology) supported by the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent), Durham, North Carolina (National Science Foundation EF-0423641). We thank a legion of colleagues for moral encouragement and etymological discussions.
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Official Citation:THE GEOZOIC SUPEREON MICHAŁ KOWALEWSKI1,*, JONATHAN L. PAYNE2, FELISA A. SMITH3, STEVE C. WANG2,4, DANIEL W. MCSHEA5, SHUHAI XIAO1, PHILIP M. NOVACK-GOTTSHALL6, CRAIG R. MCCLAIN7, RICHARD A. KRAUSE JR8, ALISON G. BOYER9, SETH FINNEGAN10, S. KATHLEEN LYONS11, JENNIFER A. STEMPIEN12, JOHN ALROY13, and PAULA A. SPAETH1
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Deposited By: Ruth Sustaita
Deposited On:19 Jul 2011 16:37
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