Story: Evolution of plants and animals

Under the sea

Under the sea

Around 25 million years ago when global sea levels were high, much of New Zealand was under water. While the exact extent of submergence is debated by scientists, it is likely that plants and animals became isolated from each other on the remaining small islands of the New Zealand land mass. Geographical isolation would have provided prime opportunities for evolution of different species.

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Reference: E. McSaveney and R. Sutherland, New Zealand adrift. 2nd ed. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological & Nuclear Sciences, 2005

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Matt McGlone, 'Evolution of plants and animals - Split from Gondwana', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/map/12417/under-the-sea (accessed 26 August 2019)

Story by Matt McGlone, published 24 Sep 2007