Pangaea Supercontinent

The supercontinent Pangaea existed from the late Paleozoic and into the early Mesozoic eras of geologic time.

Pangaea (also spelled Pangea) was one of Earth's imporatant supercontinents that formed about 300 million years ago during Paleozoic time, and lasted until it broke apart early in Mesozoic time. A supercontinent is an assemblage of nearly all or all of the Earth's continental blocks or cratons, in essense forming huge and composite mass of land.

Depiction of Pangaea with today's continents denoted.

Pangaea during Triassic time prior to breakup in early Mesozoic time.

Fossils of similar or the same genera/species on modern continents now far distant is the scientific evidence for Pangaea (and other supercontinents) distances apart. For example, fossils of the triassic reptile Lystrosaurus have been found in South Africa, India and Australia. The plant fossil Glossopteris is similarly distributed.


Some fossils pertinent to Pangaea

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