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Transcript of Quaternary Period
The Quaternary Period began 1.8 million years ago and is still lasts today.
This period is shorter than all the other periods so far.
At the beginning of the period, people were creating and using stone tools.
8 million years ago, people used fire to cook food.
The ice age caused people to wear clothes.
12,000 years ago, the most recent ice age ended.
There were large ice caps in the north and south pole (like there is today)
There were many mammals, some including ancestors of the horses and wolves
Because of the changing climate, people left Africa and went to South Asia to India.
WHAT DID EARTH LOOK LIKE?
WHAT WAS THE CLIMATE LIKE?
The Quaternary period was very cold and harsh with cold winds plus snow and ice. Once in a while, a heat wave would roll in but after, came the ice and snow, but this was very rare. The climate was weird because when Earth wobbled around it's axis, Earth's plates would move over the crust and collide, causing what we call "The Ice Age."
The Quaternary Periods landscape looks a little like Earth's now, not including the ice and snow everywhere. The ice age started by making the wonderful island New Zeland as we know it now. The southern alps rose thousands of meters and eruptions have created volcanoes, new land, and covered some of central North America. Mountains have spread out forming glaciers and marine sediments gathered together in coastal basins.
WHAT KIND OF ANIMALS WERE THERE?
All the animals in the Quaternary Period had to adjust to the harsh weather, including; Mammoths, bison, rhinoceros, homo erectus, etc. A few of these animals now are extinct. One of the most intelligent animals was the homo erectus. The homo erectus was an ape type species that looks surprising like a human today!
WHAT KIND OF STUFF WENT ON?
The Quaternary Period began 1.8 million years ago. At the very beginning of the period was the ice age. The ice age was a time when the entire Earth was - ice. This happened when Earth wobbled around the sun and Earth's plates collided.
"It's amazing how some of the animals survived!" a Scientist noted. During the ice age, if it got warm, the sea level would rise, but once it did and it became cold again,it refroze.
1.8 Million Years Ago
By: Lexi Lebkuecher
Earth back in the Quaternary Period looked the same from outer space like it does today, but on Earth, was completely different. There was a shield of ice covering most of the land and ocean.
We are in the Quaternary Period right now. It is the most recent period of all the periods. This period is well known by many people because it is more recent. I enjoyed researching this topic because I got to learn about time 1 million years ago and I discovered how we evolved from people a long time ago. Thanks for watching!
The Quaternary Period
Today you are going to learn about the Quaternary Period, like what went on, what was the climate like, and fun facts, etc. Enjoy! :)
What interested me about the Quaternary Period was how animals that lived at the beginning of this period are still alive now. They may not be the same as before, but it is amazing how they evolved throughout the years.
I also think it is interesting how Earth's travel around the sun created the ice age. I think scientist know this because how mountains and volcano's are around and formed by the moving plates.