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Scientists unveil 200-million-year-old Pterosaur which was 'built for flying' 14.8.2018 DNA: India
Scientists unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power. Neither dino nor bird, pterosaurs -- more commonly known as pterodactyls -- emerged during the late Triassic period more than 200 million years ago and lorded over primeval skies until a massive space rock slammed into Earth, wiping out land-dwelling dinosaurs and most other forms of life more than 65 billion years ago. The newly discovered member of the family, identified through remains found in northeastern Utah, had a wing-span of 1.5 metres and 112 teeth, including fang-like spikes sticking out near the snout. A jutting lower jaw suggests a pelican-like pouch, perhaps to scoop up fish and unsuspecting small reptiles.  "They are delicately framed animals that are built for flying," said Brooks Britt, a paleontologist at Brigham Young University in Utah and lead author of a study in Nature Ecology & Evolution. Caelestiventus hanseni -- roughly, "heavenly wind" -- is ...
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200-Million Year Old Pterosaur 'Built For Flying' 14.8.2018 NDTV News - Latest
Scientists on Monday unveiled a previously unknown species of giant pterosaur, the first creatures with a backbone to fly under their own power.
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Hunters Killed A Mother Bear, Two "Shrieking" Newborn Cubs In Their Den 13.8.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
A man and his teenage son have been charged with illegal hunting after killing a female black bear in her den in southern Alaska and then shooting her two "shrieking" newborn cubs, state authorities...
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Couch potatoes beware: Laziness led to extinction of prehistoric men 12.8.2018 DNA: Evolutions
An archaeological excavation of ancient human populations in the Arabian Peninsula during the Early Stone Age, found that Homo erectus used 'least-effort strategies' for tool making and collecting resources.
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Animal Planet sharpens focus on conservation with a brand-new philosophy 'Humans Like Us' 10.8.2018 Sify Finance
[India], Aug 10 (NewsVoir): Animal Planet, India's number 1 wildlife channel that immerses viewers in entire spectrum of life in the animal kingdom with high quality content, has adopted a new
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SEE PIC: Rare teeth from ancient mega-shark found on an Australia beach 9.8.2018 DNA: India
A rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said. Philip Mullaly was strolling along an area known as a fossil hotspot at Jan Juc, on the country's famous Great Ocean Road some 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Melbourne, when he made the find. "I was walking along the beach looking for fossils, turned and saw this shining glint in a boulder and saw a quarter of the tooth exposed," he said. "I was immediately excited, it was just perfect and I knew it was an important find that needed to be shared with people." He told Museums Victoria, and Erich Fitzgerald, senior curator of vertebrate palaeontology, confirmed the seven centimetre-long (2.7 inch) teeth were from an extinct species of predator known as the great jagged narrow-toothed shark (Carcharocles angustidens). The shark, which stalked Australia's oceans around 25 million years ago, feasting on small whales and penguins, ...
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Teeth Of Prehistoric Mega-Shark Found On Australia Beach 9.8.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
A rare set of teeth from a giant prehistoric mega-shark twice the size of the great white, have been found on an Australian beach by a keen-eyed amateur enthusiast, scientists said on Thursday.
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Hajo initiative brings hope to turtle conservation 8.8.2018 The Assam Tribune
Hajo initiative brings hope to turtle conservation
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Rare African Vulture, Brought To US To Save Species, Killed In Hailstorm 8.8.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
Motswari was around eight months old when she smashed into a power line in South Africa, sending her into a violent spiral toward the ground. She survived, but the injury robbed her from the key trait...
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Panel discussion on wildlife conservation at London on Aug 10 2.8.2018 The Assam Tribune
Panel discussion on wildlife conservation at London on Aug 10
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Bolivian Water Frog In Lovelorn Race Against Clock 26.7.2018 NDTV News - Latest
Romeo the water frog, a social media star whose desperate need to mate has not been met, is now staring down extinction as stoically as an amphibian can.
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Trump administration proposes stripping some endangered species protections 20.7.2018 Reuters: World News
The Trump administration on Thursday proposed changes to key provisions of the U.S. Endangered Species Act in a move it said would streamline the law but which conservation groups slammed as an assault on wildlife protections.
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World's beaches eroding in protected marine areas: NASA 19.7.2018 DNA: Top News
The world's sandy shorelines are declining in protected marine areas which could threaten plant and animal species and cultural heritage sites, a global survey of beaches with satellite data from NASA and the US Geological Survey shows. Worldwide, the study found that 24 per cent of Earth's sandy beaches are eroding, a coastline distance of almost 50,000 miles, NASA said in a statement. The view from space provided a team of scientists and engineers from the Netherlands with a more accurate picture of just how much of Earth's shorelines are beaches. They found that about a third (31 per cent) of all ice-free shorelines are sandy or gravelly. Africa has the highest proportion of sandy beaches (66 per cent) and Europe has the lowest (22 per cent). The team used machine learning to "teach" its classification software to accurately identify sandy beaches from images taken by Landsat satellites from NASA and the US Geological Survey. This allowed them to quickly and automatically examine 30 years of data and ...
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Google Teams Up With United Nations To Track Environmental Changes 17.7.2018 NDTV News - Latest
The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools.
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Google teams up with UN to track environmental changes 17.7.2018 Sify Finance
The UN has entered into a partnership with Google to monitor the impacts of human activity on global ecosystems by using sophisticated online tools.
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Urbanisation, encroachment pushing city’s wildlife to brink 16.7.2018 The Assam Tribune
Urbanisation, encroachment pushing city’s wildlife to brink
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Opinion: We Are Losing The Fight To Save Endangered Species 15.7.2018 NDTV News - Top-stories
The northern white rhino isn't going out with the thundering charge that it's due. It won't go out in a blaze of glory, fighting a pride of lions, as would befit such an inspiring creature. It's going...
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New power lines might accelerate bustard extinction in Gujarat 8.7.2018 DNA: Money
The thrust towards green energy is having an environmental cost that few had foreseen. The power lines that connect windmills and solar power plants are turning out to be death traps for the critically endangered Great Indian Bustards (GIB) in Gujarat. In the last decade alone, power lines have claimed the lives of about 10-15 GIBs in the GIB-range states of India. If that wasn't enough, the GETCO substation at Bhachunda, where the company plans to put about 15 to 20 power lines, is another potential death trap, claim activists, adding that it is right in the middle of a bustard habitat. Devesh Gadhvi of The Corbett Foundation, an organisation that is working towards GIB conservation, said, "The windmills, by virtue of being green energy, do not require an Environment Impact Assessment (EIA) before being set up, especially outside forest areas. The same happens with the power lines as well.  This means that when such plants are set up in revenue areas, adjacent to the forest areas, which are actually ...
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Scientists hope test-tube embryos can save near-extinct white rhino 5.7.2018 Reuters: World News
LONDON (Reuters) - Scientists have created hybrid embryos from the sperm of near-extinct northern white rhinoceroses in the laboratory, hoping they can ultimately help save the species.
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Book Review: Sumana Roy’s Missing shows literary novels are far from extinc... 4.7.2018 DNA: Bangalore
Book Review: Sumana Roy’s Missing shows literary novels are far from extinc...
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