Silesian (series)

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System Series
(NW Europe)
(NW Europe)
Permian younger
Carboniferous Silesian Stephanian Pennsylvanian Gzhelian 299–303,9
Westphalian Kasimovian 303,9–306,5
Moscovian 306,5–311,7
Bashkirian 311,7–318,1
Mississippian Serpukhovian 318,1–326,4
Dinantian Visean Visean 326,4–345,3
Tournaisian Tournaisian 345,3–359,2
Devonian older
Subdivisions of the Carboniferous system in Europe compared with the official ICS-stages.

The Silesian is in the geologic timescale of Europe a series or epoch, a subdivision of the Carboniferous system or period.

It was named for Silesia, a region that stretches over the Czech Republic, Poland and Germany.


It follows or lies on top of the Dinantian epoch/series and lasted from roughly 326.4 to 299.0 Ma ago.[citation needed]

The base of the Silesian is undefined, the top is defined by the first appearance of the conodont Streptognathodus isolatus.


The Silesian is subdivided into three stages, from young (upper) to old (lower):

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Preceded by Proterozoic Eon Phanerozoic Eon
Paleozoic Era Mesozoic Era Cenozoic Era
Cambrian Ordovician Silurian Devonian Carboniferous Permian Triassic Jurassic Cretaceous Paleogene Neogene 4ry