Tethys — the evolution of an idea

  • Heinz A. Kollmann
Part of the Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften Schriftenreihe der Erdwissenschaftlichen Kommissionen book series (ERDWISSENSCHAFT, volume 9)


Tethys in its original meaning was understood by Eduard Suess as the ancient sea separating Angaraland from Gondwanaland. Contrasting to this paleogeographic conception, “Tethys” and “Tethyan” are currently used with different meanings in tectonics and paleo-biogeography. In paleobiogeography, Tethys is understood as a realm with varying extension. This dynamic conception is in contrast to the conception of the stable Cretaceous Mesogée by Dou-villé (1900).


Fossil Assemblage Shallow Marine Environment Tethys Ocean Tethyan Realm Fossil Group 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Heinz A. Kollmann
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  1. 1.Naturhistorisches MuseumViennaAustria

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