Unlike its gargantuan cousin the megalodon, Galagadon nordquistae is only about 12 to 18 inches long and is related to modern-day carpet sharks, said researchers from the North Carolina State University in the US.
Almost a year after conservationists sent out a plea to help save a species of Bolivian aquatic frog by finding a mate for the last remaining member, Romeo, his very own Juliet has been tracked down. Not only did the team return with a potential mate for bachelor-for-10-years Romeo but also another 4 members of the Sehuencas water frog species.
As many as 429 tigers have been poached and killed since 2008 across the country, with the maximum of 71 in Madhya Pradesh during the period, revealed data obtained under the Right to Information (RTI) Act. Year-wise, the maximum killings took place in 2011 when 80 tigers were poached, while the minimum of 17 occurred in 2015.
The report aligns with one of Charles Darwin's old theories, which held that mate choice could contribute to the evolution of intelligence. Showing one's intelligence could help one gain more mates and better spread one's DNA on to future generations. But experts caution that the notion is difficult to study in the animal world given complex mating rituals.
While it may be best known as a financial hub with scores of high-rise buildings, tropical Singapore is still home to patches of rainforest and an array of wildlife, from monkeys to pangolins -- also known as scaly anteaters. In one green corner of the city sits a zoo and two sister attractions -- a night safari and river safari -- that have long been big draws for foreign and local visitors.
The annual census report of winter migratory birds released by the forest department on Monday said that the number of avian winter species has come down to 1,09,059 against 1,12,937 last year. While 83 species of feathered guests had thronged the national park last year, the latest headcount could spot 74 species of birds, they said.
The dueling proposals were released by the office of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora, or CITES. They will be discussed when member countries of CITES meet May 23-June 3 in Sri Lanka.
He said no suspicious activities were noticed in the vicinity which could have led one to believe that the death was untoward. The MP government's Public Relations Department official added that the animal's neck bore nail marks, the carcass was partially eaten and drag marks were also found at the spot.
Japan is withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling next year, a government spokesman said Wednesday, in a move expected to spark international criticism.
Minister of State for Environment Mahesh Sharma in a written reply said as per figures recorded till December 12, total tiger mortality stood at 49, with 13 and 10 deaths registered in Madhya Pradesh and Karnataka, respectively.