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Widely distributed Species, Land Bridges and Continental Drift

Naturevolume 214pages7475 (1967) | Download Citation



WHEN discussing continental drift Melville wrote1: “It is evident that during the Cretaceous the circum-Antarctic land bridge postulated by plant geographers from Hooker to van Steenis actually existed. The reason for such sub-Antarctic distributions as that of Juncus scheuchzerioides in Kerguelen, Tasmania, New Zealand, Fuegia and the Falklands is now clear. The separation of the New Zealand block from the Chilean fragments of South America was late enough to account for the identity of the small number of Hebe species in the latter area with their New Zealand congeners.”

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