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cainozoickänozoisch (ger.)

  • Of or pertaining to the third of the great geological periods (also called TERTIARY), or to the remains or formations characteristic of it. (OED 2012)
    fossil mesozoic palaeozoic

    Cainozoic strata

    [Phillips, J.] (1841). Saliferous System. The Penny Cyclopædia, vol. 20, 354-355: 355; id. (1841). Figures and Descriptions of the Palaeozoic Fossils of Cornwell, Devon, and West Somerset: 161; id. (1854). A Guide to Geology: 162.


    The geological formations have sometimes been grouped and classified, in accordance with the predominant types of animals and vegetables which lived at the time of their depositions. The periods have accordingly been designated as- protozoic (protos, first; and zoe, life;) the period in which are found the first forms of animated existence; mesozoic (mesos, middle; and zoe, life;) the period of intermediate forms of life; and cainozoic (kainos, new; and zoe, life;) the period of most recent living forms.

    John, S. (1851). Elements of Geology: 127.

    We are accustomed to group all geological epochs under three great sections, the Palæozoic, or oldest, the Mesozoic or middle, and the Cainozoic, more commonly termed Tertiary, or newest
    Forbes, E. (1854). On the manifestation of polarity in the distribution of organized beings in time. Notes Proc. Roy. Inst. Great Britain 1, 428-433: 430.

    Cainozoic Period (Recent Life)

    Page, D. (1854). Introductory Text-book of Geology: 39.


    Fossiliferous, or Sedimentary, rocks are divided into three great series,-

    The Palæozoic (most ancient forms of life), or Primary.

    The Mesozoic (middle life period), or Secundary.

    The Neozoic or Cainozoic (more recent forms of life), or Tertiary.

    Haydn, J.T. (1841/57). Dictionary of Dates: 289.