Tech & Science For centuries, scientists have thought the British mainland was created by the coming together of two landmasses, known as Avalonia and Laurentia, more than 400 million years ago. Now, a study published in the journal Nature Communications proposes the idea that a third landmass, known as Armorica, may have also had a role in its formation, revealing an ancient connection between Britain and France. “The results showed that a large part of southwest Britain has geological roots that are identical to those of France,” lead author of the study Arjan Dijkstra, from the University of Plymouth, told Newsweek. “Geologically speaking we refer to the fragment that makes up France, Spain, and other parts of southern and central Europe as Armorica.” “So, we have a bit of Armorica in Britain, which we didn’t know about,” he said. “That means that Britain is not made of just two continental fragments as we always thought [Laurentia in the North, Avalonia in the south], but that there is a sliver of Armorica too in the very south [Cornwall and South Devon].” Recommended Slideshows 67 The Best Pictures Ever Taken in Space 47 Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018 winners: Stunning sharks, shipwrecks and seahorses… Read full this story
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