Tarling, D. H. Department of Geophysics and Planetary Physics, University of Newcastle, Newcastle, United Kingdom.
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The concept that the world's continents once formed part of a single mass and have since drifted into their present positions. Although it was outlined by Alfred Wegener in 1912, the idea was not particularly new. Paleontological studies had already demonstrated such strong similarities between the flora and fauna of the southern continents between 300,000,000 and 150,000,000 years ago that a huge supercontinent, Gondwana, containing South America, Africa, India, Australia, and Antarctica, had been proposed. However, Gondwana was thought to be the southern continents linked by land bridges, rather than contiguous units.
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