Ludlow epoch

In the geological timescale, the Ludlow epoch (from 427.4 ± 0.5 million years ago to 423.0 ± 2.3 million years ago) occurred during the Silurian period, after the end of the Homerian age. It is named for the town of Ludlow in Shropshire, England.

Epochs in the Silurian
Epochs of the Silurian Period.
Axis scale: millions of years ago.

The Ludlow epoch is subdivided into two stages: Gorstian and Ludfordian.



Arthropods of the Ludlow
Taxa Presence Location Description Images
Wenlock epoch to Ludlow epoch Europe and North America Large (up to 30 cm) trilobite.


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