By Elijah

Student Choice

A description of the theory of continental drift including who developed it.

3 key pieces of evidence that supported his theory

A diagram or drawing of Pangaea labeled with fossil evidence.

Continental Drift

Continental Drift was a theory that explained how continents shift positions on the Earth's surface. forth in 1912 by Alfred Wegener, a geophysicist and meteorologist, continental drift also explained why look-alike animal and plant fossils, and similar rock formations, are found on different continents.When Wegener proposed continental drift, many geologists were contractionists. They thought Earth's incredible mountains were created because our planet was cooling and shrinking since its formation, Frankel said. And to account for the identical fossils discovered on continents such as South America and Africa, scientists invoked ancient land bridges, now vanished beneath the sea


Fossils of tropical plants, such as ferns and cycads, are found today on the Arctic island of Spitsbergen.The Appalachian mountains of eastern North America matched with the Scottish Highlands.the distinctive rock strata of the Karroo system of South Africa were identical to those of the Santa Catarina system in Brazil.