Historical Geology 102
Cenozoic Life Study Guide


After the "Cenozoic Life" lecture and readings you should be able to answer and discuss the following questions.

What is the Cenozoic often called?

How does the Cenozoic fossil record compare to earlier time periods?

When does grass first evolve?

Describe the major evolutionary changes that occurred in mammals as the result of the spread of grasslands?

What is unique about some Pleistocene mammals?

What happened to these large mammals?

What are the two theories for the large mammal extinction?

Describe the Climate Change Theory.

Describe the Overkill Theory.

What are the problems with these two theories?