At a prestigious university in the Netherlands, a team of researchers are hard at work collating data from around the world. For ten years, in fact, these experts have been slowly piecing together the geological history of the Mediterranean. And so far, it seems, it’s been a little like trying to solve a jigsaw puzzle. Yet now that the work is mostly done, the researchers have reached a stunning conclusion: a lost continent is lurking somewhere beneath the Earth.
Currently, of course, there is consensus that the world is split into seven continents: Australia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America, Asia and Antarctica. The surface of the Earth hasn’t always looked that way, though. In fact, hundreds of millions of years ago, the land masses that make up our planet had an entirely different form.