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Rancholabrean

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The Rancholabrean North American Land Mammal Age on the geologic timescale is the North American faunal stage according to the North American Land Mammal Ages chronology (NALMA), typically set from less than 240,000 years to 11,000 years BP, a period of 0.229 million years. Named after the famed Rancho La Brea fossil site (more commonly known as the La Brea tar pits) in Los Angeles, California, the Rancholabrean is characterized by the presence of the genus Bison in a Pleistocene context, often in association with other extinct Pleistocene forms such as Mammuthus. The age is usually considered to overlap the Middle Pleistocene and Late Pleistocene epochs. The Rancholabrean is preceded by the Irvingtonian NALMA stage.

The Rancholabrean can be further divided into the substages of:

  • Sheridanian: Upper boundary source of the base of the Holocene (approximate)
  • The Rancholabrean shares this time period with the Oldenburgian of European Land Mammal Ages.

    References

    Rancholabrean Wikipedia


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