The Atlantic Ridge and Distribution of Fossil Plants

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IT has occurred to me that the discovery of the narrow belt of suboceanic highlands extending in a sinuous course down the length of the Atlantic, as shown in the Challenger chart, removes a difficulty that has been present to students of fossil botany. When the area was land these hills would probably form a ridge sufficiently high to have a temperature cool enough to explain the migration across the tropics of plants living in a temperate or even cooler climate.

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M. The Atlantic Ridge and Distribution of Fossil Plants. Nature 15, 158 (1876) doi:10.1038/015158b0

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