What does one call the confirmed span of time of an animal's existence?

The "fossil range" refers to the range spanned by fossil evidence alone; I'm looking for the name of a range that includes both fossil evidence and living or dead evidence. The reason I'd like to know is we're discussing changing the wording on Wikipedia, and we're not really sure what... show more The "fossil range" refers to the range spanned by fossil evidence alone; I'm looking for the name of a range that includes both fossil evidence and living or dead evidence.

The reason I'd like to know is we're discussing changing the wording on Wikipedia, and we're not really sure what phrase is most appropriate.
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