New maps of Pangaea, the super continent from 300 million years ago, have shown where modern day countries would have been located in the ancient land mass.
The East Coast of the United States would have bordered North Africa, while the Gulf Coast was nestled against Cuba, according to the graphic representation showing political borders of nation states.
Fossil evidence has apparently shown that 300 million years ago there was one super continent surrounded by a single ocean, Panthalassa.
According to the historical view, Brazil would have been land locked by Nigeria down to Namibia. We’re glad the countries split as Brazil without its coastline and amazing beaches wouldn’t have the same appeal as a paradise retreat.
The concept of the super continent was originally presented by German scientist Alfred Wegener. He had noticed that when looking at the edges of separate continents they appeared they had all at one time been pieced together like a giant jigsaw puzzle.
In 1912, he presented his theory of continental drift but the concept was dismissed by his colleagues. His work was not widely accepted until the 1950s.
He proposed that the process of continental drift began during the Triassic period, around 200 million years ago – the time when Pangaea began to separate into separate continents.
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