Follow the fossils, find the answers

PhysOrg - The fossil history of animal life in India is central to our understanding of the tectonic evolution of Gondwana, dispersal of India, its northward journey, and its collision with Asia. This beautifully illustrated volume provides the only detailed overview of the paleobiogeographic, tectonic, and paleoclimatic evolution of the Indian plate from Gondwana to Asia.

Researchers have long debated why endemism is lacking for Late Cretaceous Indian tetrapods and how and when Indian fauna acquired Eurasian heritage. Plate tectonic reconstructions and fossil study have provided insight into these issues.

Author Sankar Chatterjee (Museum of Texas Tech University) and colleagues explain, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents, ~9000 km in 160 m.y. It is largely the story of the continual morphing of the Indian plate from its Gondwanan home to its final destination to Asia. The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna."

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