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Prior to Gondwana?
In time and topic, this question goes a bit beyond dinos, but it's one that
has puzzled me for a long time, and hopefully some of the experts here may be
able to shed some light on the matter.
Back when I was studying archaeology at UPenn (I was there from 1962-66), the
theory of plate tectonics was considered a fool's raving by most geologists.
Now of course it's the Law of the Land, so to speak :>
Since my path has diverged from scientific to health-related and finally to
cybereducational pursuits over the intervening years, and I have had little
to no contact with other than popular geology, I have not been able to locate
resources that could answer a question that has troubled me about the
available information about the movements and configurations of continents
All sources that I have been able to find refer to no earlier land
configuration than the unified supercontinent Gondwana. Yet it seems
reasonable to assume that there must have been movement prior to Gondwana.
This huge cluster must have been the result of earlier continental movements
Is there simply no popular interest in the configuration of these earlier
continents, has the matter not been studied, or is it too difficult to
project continental movements back in time prior to the Gondwana
Any info or suggested resources for further pursuit of such info would be
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