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The Pliocene is part of the Neogene period and lasted from 5.33 to 2.59 million years ago. The Pliocene is preceded by the Miocene and is followed by the Pleistocene. The climate cooled gradually during the Pliocene. At the end of the Pliocene, ice sheets began to grow at the poles. In the Pliocene the first Hominids occured.

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