Dictionary of Human Evolution and Biology

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African Collision Event

Contact of Africa with Eurasia as the result of plate movement; as the African continental plate surged northward it collided with Eurasia, subducting that continent and raising the early Alps, beginning 17 mya. This established the first recent land bridge between Africa and Eurasia across which floras and faunas could be exchanged, and providing a means by which African primates could invade Eurasia.

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