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From Antarctica to the Horn of Africa

© Lori Lappin, the Witch of WITCHCRAFTS ARTISAN ALCHEMY®

According to my dreams, my ancestral primate lineage first evolved in Anarctica during the Paleocene-Eocene epochs, and later, my ancestral primate lineage continued to evolve in the Horn of Africa, first east then west of the Great Rift Valley. So, how did my ancestral primate lineage get from Antarctica to the Horn of Africa?

During the late Paleozoic and early Mesozoic eras (during the Permian, Triassic and early Jurassic periods), Antarctica was part of the massive supercontinent called Pangea, composed of the joined supercontinents of Laurasia and Gondwana.

Later, during the Paleocene and Eocene epochs (of the Paleogene period of the Cenozoic era), both Anarctica and Africa were part of a supercontinent called Gondwana (which had separated from Laurasia during the breakup of Pangea). Climatic change (increasing cold weather conditions and possibly increasing glaciation of the areas now known as Antarctica, South Africa, Madacasgar and India) drove the migration of my primate lineage from Antarctica, most likely through what is now India and Madagascar, up into the Horn of Africa which was warmer.  Migration of my primate ancestors up into the Horn of Africa most likely began during the late Eocene before Gondwana broke apart.

I suspect that transition fossils going from early anthropoid primates into higher primate forms for my lineage may one day also be found in Madagascar and southern India, possibly dating to the time of the late Eocene to early Oligocene.

Pangea Supercontinent During the Late Paleozoic and Mesozoic Eras (Permian, Triassic and Early Jurassic Periods)

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Gondwana Supercontinent During the Paleogene Period of the Early Cenozoic Era (Paleocene and Eocene Epochs)

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Movement of the Indian Plate Toward and Into Asia

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