Alfred Wegener was the first scientist in history
to make a detailed scientific case supporting
the theory of Continental Drift.
Wegener graduated from the University of
Berlin. He first thought of Continental Drift
when fossils of the same species of ancient
plant were found on both South America and
According to the theory continental drift all the
continents on Earth were once a super-
continent named Pangaea.
This is adequate evidence as to why fossils of
the same species of ancient plant were found
on different continents.
Further evidence that Pangaea once existed
was the coasts of Africa and South America
match almost to the point that they would fit
together like two puzzle pieces.
How Continents Moved
The Continents moved because of a
theory called Ocean Floor Spreading.
Ocean Floor Spreading is when two plates
move apart because of tectonic plates
below the surface move in the opposite
Alfred Wagener's theories at the time
he sought to prove them were not
accepted. However almost a century
after his death Wegener’s ideas have
become widely accepted.
He was the founding father of a major
scientific revolution in the 20th century.
Wegener was a record holding ballonist.
He had a degree in astronomy but was
interested in Earth Science.
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