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Palaeocene
Eocene
Temporal information
CreaturesGastornis
Leptictidium
Propalaeotherium
Formicium
Ambulocetus
Godinotia
Creodont
LocationsEurope
Time span66-56 mya
Part ofPalaeogene
Chronological information
Previous period
Cretaceous
Following period
Eocene

The Paleocene epoch was the first period of the Palaeogene, after the Mesozoic and before the Eocene. It lasted for about 8 million years and ended 58 +/- 4 mya.

The Palaeocene was a period when a number of organic life forms, typical for the Cainozoic, began to form. The mammals included taeniodonts (extinct), tillodonts (extinct), the colugo, bats, Xenarthrans, rodents, hoofed mammals. The overall number of the mammal families grew from 20 to 50.

The sauropsids were memorable by the extinct champsosaurs.

The invertebrates had not yet recovered after the K/T extinction and their number is still relatively low.

Among the plants, the deciduous species dominate, but mostly they are still ancient, pre-K/T families. The elements of the modern flora only begin to appear.

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Gastornis - the biggest bird of the Palaeocene & Eocene epochs (Vaderxl's image).

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