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The last supercontinent existed just 280 million years ago. Reptiles had just emerged, a mass extinction was imminent, and dinosaurs were about to appear.
This supercontinent covered Earth around 1 billion years ago, supporting the first multi-celled life on our planet. Plants emerged first, and animals soon followed.
Also known as Columbia, this supercontinent dates back around 1.8 billion years. At this point in Earth’s history complex cells were just starting to emerge.
This supercontinent appeared around 2.4 billion years ago, around the time that oxygen levels started to rise in the atmosphere. Air became breathable, but it triggered an ice age.
This supercontinent existed 3.1 billion years ago, just after photosynthesis started to fill the atmosphere with oxygen. Only two pieces remain, one in South Africa and one in Australia.