|Time span formality||Formal|
|Lower boundary definition||Defined chronometrically|
|Lower GSSA ratified||1991|
|Upper boundary definition||Defined chronometrically|
|Upper GSSA ratified||1991|
The Stenian Period (Mya to 1000 Mya (million years ago). Instead of being based on stratigraphy, these dates are defined chronometrically. The name derives from narrow polymetamorphic belts formed over this period.
Preceded by the Ectasian Period and followed by the Neoproterozoic Era.
The supercontinent Rodinia assembled during the Stenian. It would last into the Tonian Period.
This period includes the formation of the Keweenawan Rift at about 1100 Mya.
Fossils of the oldest known sexually reproducing organism, Bangiomorpha pubescens, first appeared in the Stenian.
- Boring Billion – Earth history, 1.8 to 0.8 billion years ago
- Riphean (stage) – stage in the geological timescale named after the Urals
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