• (adjective): Of a geologic era within the Proterozoic eon; comprises the Siderian, Rhyacian, Orosirian and Statherian periods from about 2500 to 1600 million years ago, when cyanobacteria increased the amount of oxygen in the atmosphere and changed life on Earth for ever.
  • (proper-noun): The Paleoproterozoic era.

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Paleoproterozoic Era ( ;), spanning the time period from 2,500 to 1,600 million years ago (2.5–1.6 Ga), is the first of the three sub-divisions (eras) of the Proterozoic Eon. The Paleoproterozoic is also the longest era of the Earth's geological history. It was during this era that the continents first stabilized.
Paleontological evidence suggests that the Earth's rotational rate during this era resulted in 20-hour days ~1.8 billion years ago, implying a total of ~450 days per year.

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  • The lower Lesser Himalayan sequence: A Paleoproterozoic arc on the northern margin of the Indian plate

  • Increases in the overall maximum occurred in discrete steps approximately corresponding to increases in atmospheric oxygen levels in the mid-Paleoproterozoic and Ediacaran-Cambrian - early Ordovician.

  • The Sudbury impact layer in the Paleoproterozoic iron ranges of northern Michigan,

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