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In recent decades various research studies have focused on the reconstruction of Palaeozoic Europe, reflecting the complex geodynamic history related to the formation of the supercontinent Pangaea. It has been demonstrated that Palaeozoic Europe comprises a series of tectonostratigraphical units, or ‘terranes’, located between the remnants of three major palaeocontinents, Gondwana, Laurentia and Baltica. Some of these ‘terranes’ have been referred to as ‘microcontinents’, a typical (palaeo-)geographical term, and as ‘microplates’, a typical plate-tectonic term, giving rise to misunderstandings and a continuing scientific debate. This confusion is based primarily on an inconsistent use of different palaeogeographical terms by specialists...

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