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Animals, Not Meteorite, Caused First Mass Extinction 540 Million Years Ago: Study

What led to the world’s first known mass extinction 540 million years ago? Not a meteorite or volcano but the rise of early animals, said a new study emphasizing the environmental destruction by these complex early life organism. Since early life consisted of Ediacarans, the world’s first multicellular organisms, the study says it was the appearance of complex animals capable ...

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Birdwatch: How Chestnut-bellied Monarch Survives on Solomon Islands?

This image shows a typical Chestnut-bellied Monarch (left) vs. a melanic individual (right). CREDIT A. Uy

Animals living in islands tend to develop weird traits to acclamatize themselves with the environment over time, becoming big like Galapagos tortoises or small like extinct dwarf elephants or losing the ability to fly like the flightless parrots of New Zealand. But some animals have a tendency to develop “melanism” or, dark or black coloration, cites a new study. J. ...

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India to Join 27-Nation Club to Set Up Early Earthquake Warning System

India is moving in the direction of setting up early earthquake warning system that gives indications few second before it occurs, thus saving people who can take precautions to escape the wrath of the devastation as witnessed in recent Nepal earthquake. The system to be developed in association with 26 other countries including Japan, will strengthen the people living in ...

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How Animals Sense Earthquake 23 Days in Advance?

From ancient times, it was known that animals act strange enough to predict some natural disaster and now Cambridge University researchers are able to correlate directly the earthquake occurrence with ┬ástrange animal behaviour based on both scientific and empirical data. The team of researchers studied animals in Peru’s Yanachaga National Park and recorded their behavior before and during 23 days ...

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Fukushima nuclear accident: Effects now visible in butterflies, humans next?

The accident at Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Power Plant in japan following the March 12, 2011 earthquake and tsunami caused a massive release of radioactive materials to the environment that butterflies have shown symptoms of mutation and malformation, sending signals that the local human population may have to face the impact. A research team has shown that the accident caused physiological ...

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