Cenozoic Era
According to some authorities, the era in Old Earth's geologic history from 65 million years ago to the present; according to others, the period from 65 million years ago until the Great Expulsion. It was preceded by the Mesozoic, and followed according to some by the Gaiazoic. During this time Old Earth took on its "modern" aspect; it is sometimes called the "Age of Mammals".

This era saw the emergence of modern mammals, birds, vegetation (especially grasses), the modern look of the continents, and (after an early warm period) a cooling climate. It is divided into the Paleogene and the Neogene periods according to some authorities. Others prefer to mark of the most recent years, including the Pleistocene, Holocene, and Gaiacene epochs, as a third period, called the Quaternary.
 
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Text by Stephen Inniss, after the original by M. Alan Kazlev

Initially published on 24 September 2001.