|Main Entry:||Ediacaran period|
|Part of Speech:||n|
|Definition:||a late Precambrian period of geological time, before the Cambrian Period to 635 million years ago; also, the last faunal stage of the Precambrian or Proterozoic|
|Example:||The Ediacaran period ranges from 620 to 542 million years before the present.|
|Etymology:||1961; name for site in Ediacara Hills, South Australia|
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