The “Quaternary” Period


THE separation of the Quaternary period from the Recent period, which begins with the Neolithic, is attributable to the fact that an interruption was supposed to have occurred in Man's occupation of Europe. According to this view, the Recent period begins with his reappearance. Of late years it has been shown that such a view is untenable, and that no such interruption occurred. There is therefore much reason in Dr. Evans's contention that the Quaternary period, should be extended to include the Recent period. The term “Quaternary” has, however, a recognised meaning which could not be changed without, entering, into a discussion of the reasons for the step—a discussion which would be quite outside the province of the writer of a short review.

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