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{{short description|Third and last era of the Proterozoic Eon}}{{Geological era}}The Neoproterozoic Era is the unit of geologic time from {{Ma|Neoproterozoic|Cambrian}}.BOOK
, Ogg
, James G.
, Ogg, Gabi, Gradstein, Felix M.
, The Concise Geologic Time Scale
, Cambridge University Press
, 2008
, 184
, 978-0-521-89849-2
It is the last era of the Precambrian Supereon and the Proterozoic Eon; it is subdivided into the Tonian, Cryogenian, and Ediacaran Periods. It is preceded by the Mesoproterozoic era and succeeded by the Paleozoic era.The most severe glaciation known in the geologic record occurred during the Cryogenian, when ice sheets reached the equator and formed a possible "Snowball Earth".The earliest fossils of multicellular life are found in the Ediacaran, including the Ediacarans, which were the earliest animals.According to Rino and co-workers, the sum of the continental crust formed in the Pan-African orogeny and the Grenville orogeny makes the Neoproterozoic the period of Earth's history that has produced most continental crust.JOURNAL, Rino, S., Kon, Y., Sato, W., Maruyama, S., Santosh, M., Zhao, D., 2008, The Grenvillian and Pan-African orogens: World's largest orogenies through geologic time, and their implications on the origin of superplume, Gondwana Research, 14, 1–2, 51–72, 10.1016/, 2008GondR..14...51R,


At the onset of the Neoproterozoic the supercontinent Rodinia, which had assembled during the late Mesoproterozoic, straddled the equator. During the Tonian, rifting commenced which broke Rodinia into a number of individual land masses.Possibly as a consequence of the low-latitude position of most continents, several large-scale glacial events occurred during the Neoproterozoic Era including the Sturtian and Marinoan glaciations of the Cryogenian Period.These glaciations are believed to have been so severe that there were ice sheets at the equator—a state known as the "Snowball Earth".


Neoproterozoic time is subdivided into the Tonian (1000 - 720 Ma), Cryogenian (720 - 635 Ma) and Ediacaran (635 - 541 Ma) periods.WEB,weblink GSA Geologic Time Scale v.5.0, 10.1130/2018.CTS005R3C, Walker, J.D., Geissman, J.W., Bowring, S.A., and Babcock, L.E, 2018, 29 May 2019,

Russian regional timescale

In the regional timescale of Russia, the Tonian and Cryogenian correspond to the Late Riphean; the Ediacaran corresponds to the Early to middle Vendian.WEB,weblink Global Climate, the Dawn of Life and the Earth’s Oldest Petroleum Systems, 26 November 2015, 15 March 2019, Craig, J., Russian geologists divide the Neoproterozoic of Siberia into the {{anchor|Mayanian}}Mayanian (from 1000 to 850 Ma) followed by the {{anchor|Baikalian}}Baikalian (from 850 to 650 Ma, loosely equivalent to the Cryogenian).JOURNAL
, 10.1016/j.rgg.2007.12.001
, Mayanian (1100–850 Ma) – Prebaikalian Upper Riphean of Siberia
, 2008
, Khomentovsky, V
, Russian Geology and Geophysics
, 49
, 1
, 1
, Nagovitsin
, K
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, A
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The idea of the Neoproterozoic Era was introduced in the 1960s. Nineteenth-century paleontologists set the start of multicelled life at the first appearance of hard-shelled animals called trilobites and archeocyathid sponges. This set the beginning of the Cambrian Period. In the early 20th century, paleontologists started finding fossils of multicellular animals that predated the start of the Cambrian. A complex fauna was found in South West Africa in the 1920s but was inaccurately dated. Another fauna was found in South Australia in the 1940s but was not thoroughly examined until the late 1950s. Other possible early fossils were found in Russia, England, Canada, and elsewhere (see Ediacaran biota). Some were determined to be pseudofossils, but others were revealed to be members of rather complex biotas that are still poorly understood. At least 25 regions worldwide yielded metazoan fossils older than the classical Cambrian boundary at {{Ma|541}}.JOURNAL
, A. H.
, Knoll
, Walter, M., Narbonne, G., Christie-Blick, N.
, The Ediacaran Period: a new addition to the geologic time scale
, 13–30
, Lethaia
, 39
1, 2006
, 10.1080/00241160500409223
A few of the early animals appear possibly to be ancestors of modern animals. Most fall into ambiguous groups of frond-like organisms; discoids that might be holdfasts for stalked organisms ("medusoids"); mattress-like forms; small calcareous tubes; and armored animals of unknown provenance.These were most commonly known as Vendian biota until the formal naming of the Period, and are currently known as Ediacaran Period biota. Most were soft bodied. The relationships, if any, to modern forms are obscure. Some paleontologists relate many or most of these forms to modern animals. Others acknowledge a few possible or even likely relationships but feel that most of the Ediacaran forms are representatives of unknown animal types.In addition to Ediacaran biota, two other types of biota were discovered in China (the Doushantuo Formation and Hainan Formation).

Terminal period

The nomenclature for the terminal period of the Neoproterozoic Era has been unstable. Russian and Nordic geologists referred to the last period of the Neoproterozoic as the Vendian, while Chinese geologists referred to it as the Sinian, and most Australians and North Americans used the name Ediacaran.However, in 2004, the International Union of Geological Sciences ratified the Ediacaran Period to be a geological age of the Neoproterozoic, ranging from {{Period start|Ediacaran}} to {{Period end|Ediacaran}} million years ago. The Ediacaran Period boundaries are the only Precambrian boundaries defined by biologic Global Boundary Stratotype Section and Points, rather than the absolute Global Standard Stratigraphic Ages.

See also

  • {{annotated link|Boring Billion}}



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