Quaternary: Status, rank, definition, survival
The long controversy over the term 'Quaternary' as a chronostratigraphic unit may be reaching an apotheosis, judging from recent papers (Pillans and Naish, 2004; Gibbard et al., 2005; and references therein). The debate is no longer centered on whether there should be a place in the geological time scale for a unit termed 'Quaternary' - despite its dubious past, it cannot be denied that a large body of earth-historical research is strongly identified with this term. The challenge now concerns...[Show more]
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