Researchers have long debated why endemism is lacking for Late Cretaceous Indian tetrapods and how and when Indian fauna acquired Eurasian heritage. Plate tectonic reconstructions and fossil study have provided insight into these issues.
Author Sankar Chatterjee (Museum of Texas Tech University) and colleagues explain, "The tectonic evolution of the Indian plate represents one of the most dramatic and epic voyages of all drifting continents, ~9000 km in 160 m.y. It is largely the story of the continual morphing of the Indian plate from its Gondwanan home to its final destination to Asia. The extensive reshuffling of the Indian plate was accompanied by multiple temporary filter bridges, resulting in the cosmopolitan nature of tetrapod fauna."
Additionally, Chatterjee notes, "During the 9000 km India traveled from Antarctica to Asia, it experienced a dramatic climate change from ice age to tropics. The collision of India with Asia not only created the spectacular Himalayan Mountain and Tibetan Plateau, it also triggered the monsoon."
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