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Feb 14, 2006
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eustasy
Pangaea
McJob
locust years
prehensile

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Pangaea

(pan-JEE-uh) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: A supercontinent that existed when all the major landmasses of the earth were joined.

[From Greek pan (all) + gaia (earth), supposedly coined by German meteorologist Alfred Wegener (1880-1930).]

"About 250 million years ago, at the end of the Permian period, something killed some 90 percent of the planet's species. ... Before the extinction the continents had drifted together and formed a single landmass called Pangaea."
Hillel J. Hoffmann; When Life Nearly Came to an End; National Geographic (Washington, DC); Sep 2000.

See more usage examples of Pangaea in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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