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Messinian is the last stage of the Miocene epoch. It spans the time between 7.246 ± 0.005 Ma and 5.332 ± 0.005 Ma (million years ago). It is named after the Messinian evaporite deposit, which was named after Messina in Sicily.

The Messinian stage saw the start, at around 6 million years ago, of the Messinian salinity crisis, which brought about repeated desiccations of the Mediterranean Sea basin over the ensuing few million years.

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Neogene period
Miocene Pliocene
Aquitanian | Burdigalian | Langhian
Serravallian | Tortonian | Messinian
Zanclean | Piacenzian
→ Quaternary

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