An A-Z Guide To The Search For Plato's Atlantis

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    Atlantipedia will be wound down in 2023. After nearly twenty years compiling Atlantipedia on my own, and as I am now approaching my 80th birthday, I have decided to cut back on the time I dedicate to developing this website. An orderly conclusion rather than an enforced one is always preferable before the Grim Reaper […]Read More »
  • Joining The Dots

    Joining The Dots

    I have now published my new book, Joining The Dots, which offers a fresh look at the Atlantis mystery. I have addressed the critical questions of when, where and who, using Plato’s own words, tempered with some critical thinking and a modicum of common sense.Read More »

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Philip Sclater

Heer, Oswald (I)

Oswald HeerOswald Heer (1809-1883) was a Swiss paleobotanist who suggested that during the Miocene Period (5-25 million years ago) America and Europe were joined by a landbridge. At that time this idea was referred to as the ‘Atlantis Hypothesis’ but had little to do with Plato’s story as it was only suggested as the possible means of species migrating from one continent to the other. A similar hypothetical landmass, the original Lemuria, was conceived by Philip Sclater (1829-1913) to explain the isolation of lemurs on Madagascar. Nevertheless Heer is erroneously quoted by some as a 19th century supporter of an Atlantic location for Plato’s famous island.