(International Gondwana symposium. 5th - 1981)

Document title

The distribution of tetrapods and the break-up of Gondwana in Gondwana Five. Selected papers and abstracts of papers.

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

COLBERT E. H. ; CRESSWELL M. M. (Editeur scientifique) ; VELLA P. (Editeur scientifique) ;


The distribution of late Triassic tetrapods indicates that although the rifting of Gondwana may have been initiated then, there were nonetheless open avenues for the movements of land-living vertebrates accross the breadth of the ancient supercontinent. In late Jurassic time a connection between Africa and South America probably still existed, and this seems to have persisted into the Cretaceous, even though there was an opening of the South Atlantic Ocean. Antarctica and Australia, connected with each other and probably with South America, may have provided a passage for the migration of early marsupials until well into Eocene time. Peninsular India may have been connected to Africa until very late Cretaceous time.



International Gondwana symposium. 5th ()

ISBN : 90-6191-088-9

Editor : Unknown country of publication (1981)

Millesime : 1981 [pp. 277-282]

Bibliographic references : 36 réf.




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