The world was shocked earlier this year when researchers revealed Zealandia - a giant underwater Continent surrounding New Zealand and nearby islands The results are the first to come from a two-month study into the continent using a drilling ship that has bored down more than 800 metres into the continent's surfaceAnd now they reckon they have discovered the answer to one of science's biggest questions - how plants and animals made it to the remote islands despite being separated by thousands of miles of ocean.
A new paper claims the submerged island was once far closer to the surface and could have even had land bridges to nearby landmasses like Antarctica and Australia.
"The discovery of past land and shallow seas now provides an explanation: there were pathways for animals and plants to move along.”
A new paper claims the submerged island was once far closer to the surface and could have even had land bridges to nearby landmasses like Antarctica and Australia Scientists now reckon they reckon they have discovered the answer the one of science's biggest questions - how plants and animals made it to the remote islands despite being separated by thousands of miles of ocean - like Lord Howe Island, picturedProf Gerald Dickens of Rice University added: "The discovery of microscopic shells of organisms that lived in warm shallow seas, and spores and pollen from land plants, reveal that the geography and climate of Zealandia was dramatically different in the past."
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