The Pliensbachian (also known as Charmouthian) is a stage of the Early Jurassic Epoch. It spans the time between 189.6 ± 1.5 Ma and 183 ± 1.5 Ma (million years ago).
The stage takes its name from the town of Pliensbach, some 30 km east of Stuttgart in Germany. Minerals and fossils from the region are displayed in a museum in Göppingen. The Pliensbachian ended with the extinction event called the Toarcian turnover.
In Europe this period is also known as the Middle Lias Stage.
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| Hettangian | Sinemurian|
Pliensbachian | Toarcian
| Aalenian | Bajocian|
Bathonian | Callovian
| Oxfordian | Kimmeridgian|