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Bengaluru | Aug 29, 2019
New species of bee Melitta indica discovered in Uttarakhand, India

Researchers from the Zoological Survey of India describe a new species of bee Melitta indica from Uttarakhand, India

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Bengaluru | Aug 27, 2019
Arunachal Pradesh a treasure trove of bumblebees, finds study

A first-of-its-kind study details diversity and distribution of bumblebees in the Eastern Himalayas. 

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Bengaluru | Aug 7, 2019
Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, have uncovered the evolutionary links between the different species of centipedes dating back to Gondwana.

Researchers from the Natural History Museum, London, have uncovered the evolutionary links between the different species of centipedes dating back to Gondwana. 

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Kolkata | Jul 30, 2019
Suitable habitats of Indian Grey Wolves in eastern India lie outside protected areas, says study.

In a first effort, researchers at the Zoological Survey of India have mapped the habitat of the Indian Grey Wolves in eastern India, particularly in the Lower Gangetic Plains and Chotta Nagpur Plateau to identify suitable habitats and minimize human-wolf conflicts.

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Bengaluru | Jul 29, 2019
Not just numbers, DNA holds the key in tiger conservation

Every year, since 2010, the 29th of July is celebrated as the International Tiger Day to raise awareness about tiger conservation. India is home to over half of the world's tigers. New tiger populations are still being discovered, with one as recent as last year, in the Eastern Himalayas at altitudes of 3,630 metres. In 2010, India reportedly had 1,706 tigers, and this number increased to 2,226 in 2014. Isn't a 30% increase in population in just four years remarkable?

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Bengaluru | Jul 24, 2019
Researchers discover a new species of vine snake from the Western Ghats that dates back 26 million years

The team of researchers, from the Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru were attempting to study and classify snakes in the Western Ghats systematically. That's when they came across Proahaetulla antiqua, which is endemic to the southern Western Ghats. What's more interesting is that it is an ancient species, thought to have evolved around 26 million years ago during the mid-Oligocene. 

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Bengaluru | Jul 9, 2019
Drifting continents created monsoon and arid regions in Asia, Africa and Australia, says a recent study

Researchers from China, USA and UK, shed light on the formation and evolution of the Asia-Africa-Australia monsoon and arid regions. They also looked at the factors that controlled them during the Cenozoic Era.

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Pune | Jul 8, 2019
Researchers discover a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats, name it after Karnataka’s coast

Researchers from Agharkar Research Institute, Pune, Savitribai Phule Pune University, MES College of Arts, Commerce and Science, Bengaluru and the Centre for medicinal Plants Research, Kerala have described a new species of pipewort from the Western Ghats. They have named the new species Eriocaulon karaavalense, after the Kannada work karaavali (ಕರಾವಳಿ), which translates to ‘the coast’.

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Mumbai | Jul 4, 2019
Floating plastics: Nothing to be buoyant about

Study details how floating plastic debris can affect physical processes in the oceans 

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Patiala | Jul 1, 2019
Here’s how rhiniid flies in the Western Ghats worm their way into termite mounds

Researchers from the University of Guelph, Punjabi University, Patiala and the Natural History Museum of Denmark have found some fascinating facts about the termite-eating behaviour of some rhiniid species.

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