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Short description: Fourth and last period of the Paleoproterozoic Era
1800 – 1600 Ma
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Paleoglobe of the Earth during the Statherian
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The Statherian Period ( /stəˈθɪəriən/; Ancient Greek:, meaning "stable, firm") is the final geologic period in the Paleoproterozoic Era and lasted from 1800 Mya to 1600 Mya (million years ago). Instead of being based on stratigraphy, these dates are defined chronometrically.[1][2]

The period was characterized on most continents by either new platforms or final cratonization of fold belts. Oxygen levels were 10% to 20% of current values.[3]

Rafatazmia, controversially[4] claimed to be present in Statherian beds in India , may be the oldest known confirmably eukaryotic fossil organism.[5]

By the beginning of the Statherian, the supercontinent Columbia had assembled.

See also


  1. "Statherian Period". GeoWhen Database. 
  2. James G. Ogg (2004). "Status on Divisions of the International Geologic Time Scale". Lethaia 37 (2): 183–199. doi:10.1080/00241160410006492. 
  3. Holland, Heinrich D. (2006). "The oxygenation of the atmosphere and oceans". Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society: Biological Sciences 361 (1470): 903–915. doi:10.1098/rstb.2006.1838. PMID 16754606. PMC 1578726. 
  4. Kumar, S. (2009). "Controversy concerning 'Cambrian' fossils from the Vindhyan sediments: a re-assessment". Journal of the Palaentological Society of India 54 (1): 115–117. 
  5. Bengtson, Stefan; Sallstedt, Therese; Belivanova, Veneta; Whitehouse, Martin (2017). "Three-dimensional preservation of cellular and subcellular structures suggests 1.6 billion-year-old crown-group red algae". PLOS Biology 15 (3): e2000735. doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000735. PMID 28291791.