A Critical Review of the Evidence for a Former Direct Connection of South America with Africa

  • Henno Martin
Part of the Monographiæ Biologicæ book series (MOBI, volume 18)


The probabilities of a former connection of South America with Africa have been debated ever since F. E. Suess propounded the concept of a former supercontinent, called Gondwanaland embracing India and all the continents of the southern hemisphere. At first the idea did not seem very startling, because it was well known that large continental areas had in the past been repeatedly invaded by the sea and because it was unknown that continents and oceans had dissimilar crustal structures. It was then Wegener’S exposition of the hypothesis of continental drift which focused attention on the many similarities in the geological history of the two widely separated continents.


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  • Henno Martin
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  1. 1.Geologisch-Paläontologisches Institut der Universität34 GöttingenGermany

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