Kōrero: Native plants and animals – overview

Split from Gondwana

The land mass that was to become New Zealand split away from the supercontinent Gondwana about 85 million years ago. From around 55 million years ago, the gap between New Zealand and the nearest large land mass, Australia, has been around 2,000 kilometres wide. Any plants and animals that have arrived in New Zealand since then will have had to cross this huge body of water.

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Bob Brockie, 'Native plants and animals – overview - Species unique to New Zealand', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/interactive/10592/split-from-gondwana (accessed 13 December 2019)

He kōrero nā Bob Brockie, i tāngia i te 24 Sep 2007