Is there a good mnemonic device to remember all the geologic ages, including eras?

1 Answer
Jan 9, 2018

Not saying I made these, just to help you out. Good luck.


  1. To memorize the Eras:
    Precambrian, Paleozoic, Mesozoic, Cenozoic:

  2. Please pay my children!

  3. Pizza places make chicken.
  4. Peter Piper milks cows.

  5. To memorize the Periods:

Cambrian, Ordovician, Silurian, Devonian, Mississippian, Pennsylvanian, Permian, Triassic, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Tertiary, Quaternary:

  • Cold oysters seldom develop many precious pearls, their juices congeal too quickly.
  • Come over some day, maybe play poker. Three jacks can take queens.
  • Charlie Oliver Still Drives My Purple Plymouth To Jersey City Through Quicksand
  • Can old senators demand more political power than junior congressmen? Tough question!
  • Quiet Time Can Just Tease People Particularly Men Dodging Spouses Ordering Chores (Reverse).

  • To memorize the Epochs of Cenozoic Era:

Paleocene, Eocene, Oligocene, Miocene, Pliocene, Pleistocene, Holocene (or Recent):

  • Pretty Eager Old Men Play Poker Hard.
  • Pigeon Egg Omelets Make People Puke Heartily.
  • Put Eggs On My Plate Please Homer.

  • The missing Era: Precambrian

Archean, Proterozoic