Flexi Says: Alfred Wegener, born in 1880, was a meteorologist and explorer. In 1910, Wegener began to wonder why the coastlines of continents seemed to match up. The next year, he Wegener found a scientific paper that listed identical plant and animal fossils on opposite sides of the Atlantic Ocean, and hypothesized that the continents had been connected in the distant past. Wegener died in Greenland in November 1930 while returning from an expedition. Wegener had been 50 years of age. He was a heavy smoker, and it was believed that he had died of heart failure.