Several theories involving the movement of continents were proposed in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries A. Early maps showing the coastlines of South America and Africa inspired Eduard Suess to search for fossil evidence that today's southern continents had once been joined in a single landmass. B. To Eduard Suess, continental drift accounted for the presence of the same types of fossils on different continents that had at times been connected by land bridges. C. Du Toit's study of the freshwater reptile Mesosaurus added to the already considerable body of evidence that Alfred Wegener had gathered in support of the idea of continental drift. D. Frank Taylor expanded on Eduard Suess's theory of continental drift by arguing that tidal forces 100 million years ago had broken continents apart and caused the rise of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. E. Alfred Wegener, who first developed the theory of continental drift argued that all landmasses were originally part of a supercontinent that broke up into separate continents. F. Early theories of continental drift were not widely accepted at the time because they failed to explain why continents moved.