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su·per·con·ti·nent

 (so͞o′pər-kŏn′tə-nənt)
n.
A large continent that, according to the theory of plate tectonics, broke up into smaller continents. Gondwana and Laurasia were supercontinents.

supercontinent

(ˈsuːpəˌkɒntɪnənt)
n
(Geological Science) a great landmass thought to have existed in the geological past and to have split into smaller landmasses, which drifted and formed the present continents

su·per·con·ti·nent

(so͞o′pər-kŏn′tə-nənt)
A large continent that, according to the theory of plate tectonics, is thought to have split into smaller continents in the geologic past. Pangaea and Gondwanaland are supercontinents. See Note at Gondwanaland.
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Amere 300 million years ago, Newfoundland was at the centre of the supercontinent Pangaea before the Earth's tectonic upheavals split it into the present day continents.
These authors suggested a biogeographical relationship of eastern Mexico with the early supercontinent gondwana, while its relationship with the adjacent areas (central America and caribbean) was not precisely discussed.
After the fragmentation of supercontinent Pangaea and the subsequent split of the Laurasian and Gondwanan landmasses, certain groups of amphibians were able to "hitch a ride" from one continent to another.
Research says that this particular water bear is likely to have descended from forebears that were present on the ancient supercontinent of Gondwana.
A close look reveals that the individual stones of the hand show Africa as part of the former supercontinent Gondwana.
This basin was part of the stable Gowndwana supercontinent in the Paleozoic era and a passive margin in the Mesozoic era and it became a site of convergent orogeny in the Cenozoic era [7].
TEHRAN (FNA)- Break-up of the supercontinent Gondwana about 130 Million years ago could have led to a completely different shape of the African and South American continent with an ocean South of today's Sahara desert, as geoscientists from the University of Sydney and the GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences have shown through the use of sophisticated plate tectonic and three-dimensional numerical modelling.
Through plate tectonics Tennessee was once part of supercontinent, Rodinia, later part of another supercontinent, Pangea, and finally shoved into its present place on the North American supercontinent.