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Neoproterozoic to Late Palaeozoic times saw the break-up of the supercontinent Rodinia, and the subsequent construction of Pangaea. The intervening time period involved major redistribution of continents and continental fragments, and various palaeogeographical models have been proposed for this period. The principal differences between these models are with regard to the drift history of Gondwana, the timing of collision between northern Africa and Laurussia, and formation of Pangaea. Palaeomagnetic evidence provides basically two contrasting models for the Ordovician to Late Devonian apparent polar wander (APW) path for Gondwana involving either rapid north and southward movement of this continent, or...

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