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Scientists Reveal New Family Hierarchy for Birds

October 19, 2015 / No Comments

Getting deep into the family tree of the avian group is nothing less than a puzzle. But thanks to a group of scientists, we now have one of the most comprehensive bird trees formulated from DNA sequencing. Data from over 198 bird species were taken into account for the research, which focussed heavily on the species Neoaves. Over 90% of the ...

Why Does Lake Tahoe Sport Blue Hues

July 30, 2015 / No Comments

If there’s one lake on this planet that defines the amalgam of clarity and blueness, then it surely got to be Lake Tahoe. The freshwater lake in Sierra Nevada has been drawing masses from around with its mesmerizing blue-hue and clarity. Conservationists around have been keenly engaging themselves into preserving the clarity of water, and they believe that’s to subsequently help ...

Temperature And Weather Determine Sex Of Offspring In Insects!

May 24, 2014 / No Comments

It has been known for long that the temperature inside the breeding ground where reptiles lay their eggs determines the sex of the hatchlings. But temperature and weather might also have a clear effect on determining the sex of offspring in insects as well. Latest research by a team of experts led by Joffrey Moiroux from the University of Montreal in Canada ...

Largest Dinosaur Ever Found In Argentina’s Remote Patagonia Region

May 19, 2014 / No Comments

It might not be a cold-blooded predator like the T. Rex, but paleontologists have just uncovered the remains of what is seemingly the largest dinosaur to have ever roamed the planet. Believed to be an entirely new species of Titanosaur, these giant, four-legged sauropods would have ruled the earth some 90 million years ago. Food was aplenty for these giant at ...

An Asteroid Winter Responsible For Dinosaur Extinction 66 Million Years Back

May 15, 2014 / No Comments

The extinction of dinosaurs is one of the most hotly debate topics among paleontologists across the world. Thanks to Hollywood’s impressive portrayal of these giants that once ruled the planet, ‘dinosaur wipeout’ is a topic that also generates plenty of interest among the casual science buff. And researchers seem to have finally stumbled across a definitive answer. A huge asteroid that crashed into ...

Pinocchio Rex: Scientists Stumble Upon The Cousin Of T. Rex!

May 8, 2014 / No Comments

If there is one thing that Steven Spielberg did with his Jurassic Park series of flicks is turn the Tyrannosaurus Rex into an international superstar overnight.   The ferocious dinosaur instantly became a feared favorite among kids across the globe. Now, paleontologists have discovered the T. Rex’s Far East cousin that seems equally intimidating! A new dinosaur, the Qianzhousaurus sinensis, was discovered in ...

Mysterious Duck Sound In The Southern Ocean Attributed To Antarctic Whales

April 24, 2014 / No Comments

For decades, a sound dubbed by submarine crew in the Southern Ocean as ‘bio-duck’ perplexed researchers from the world over. First spotted in the early 60s, this mysterious underwater sound mimicked the call of a duck and it seems after decades of research its origin has been finally traced. The extremely rare and elusive Antarctic Minke whale is the one responsible for ...

Diclofenac Responsible For Driving Vultures Towards The Brink Of Extinction

April 16, 2014 / No Comments

Science and technology is always a double-edged sword and while altering the natural balance of nature is beneficial at times for man, it often leads to long term destruction of ecosystems. From the Great Coral Reefs to the African rainforests, there is plenty of proof of this across the globe. The population of 11 different vulture species in India is another ...

The Mystery Of Black And White Stripes On Zebras Unraveled!

April 2, 2014 / 1 Comment

There are plenty of conundrums that evolution has thrown up which are still left unanswered. The classic question of why zebras sport black and white stripes is one such issue which has been plaguing evolutionary biologists for centuries. But, Tim Caro, a biologist at the University of California at Davis might finally have the answer to this long standing stripes problem. ...

Over 3,500 Years Old Copper Age Skeleton Found In Odisha

March 30, 2014 / No Comments

A recent finding from Utkal University anthropology experts is a skeleton that is presumed to be over 3,500 years old.   The skeleton is the second find at the Copper Age site in Banga, which is around 25 km from Odisha capital Bhubaneswar. According to the experts of Utkal University, the skeleton is of a woman of age 30-35 years and belongs to ...