The Pliensbachian (also known as Charmouthian) is a stage of the Early Jurassic Epoch. It spans the time between 189.6 ± 1.5 Ma and 183 ± 1.5 Ma (million years ago).

The stage takes its name from the town of Pliensbach, some 30 km east of Stuttgart in Germany. Mineral and fossil from the region are displayed in a museum in Göppingen.

In Europe this period is also known as the Middle Lias Stage.


Jurassic period
Lower/Early Jurassic Middle Jurassic Upper/Late Jurassic
Hettangian | Sinemurian
Pliensbachian | Toarcian
Aalenian | Bajocian
Bathonian | Callovian
Oxfordian | Kimmeridgian

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