The vanished ocean at the heart of this book formed a little over 250 million years ago as the last supercontinent, Pangaea, slowly assembled. At that moment, nearly all the Earth’s landmasses were united in a single unit consisting of two halves – Gondwanaland in the southern hemisphere and Laurasia in the northern – stretching almost pole to pole and joined by an isthmus in the west.
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