Everything We Know About Lemuria: The Other Lost Continent
By Sarah Norman | December 31, 2023
Lemuria's Scholarly Start
Dive into the enthralling tapestry of history where myths intertwine with science, and legends breathe life into geological findings. Have you ever pondered about lost civilizations, sunken continents, or ancient tales that might bear a kernel of truth? Journey with us as we unravel the captivating enigma of Lemuria, a once-dismissed theory that has found startling resonance in modern-day discoveries. From the musings of 19th-century thinkers to the breakthroughs of 21st-century scientists, prepare to embark on an expedition across time and truth. Let's uncover the secrets lying deep beneath the waves and the pages of history. Welcome to the odyssey of Lemuria.
While tales of lost continents and civilizations have pervaded our collective imagination for ages, the theory of Lemuria found its scientific foothold in the writings of British zoologist, Philip Sclater. His 1864 paper, “The Mammals of Madagascar”, was less about mysterious civilizations and more a quest for answers. Faced with a perplexing puzzle: why were certain primate fossils exclusive to Madagascar and India and conspicuously absent in regions like Africa and the Middle East?
Sclater Believed That Lemuria Was A Land Bridge
Sclater proposed a daring answer. He envisaged Lemuria as not just a myth but as a genuine land bridge, now submerged, that once connected these distant lands. It was a bold attempt to explain the enigma of biogeography, a theory that captured imaginations and gave a more tangible form to the legendary lost continent.