12,314 birds of various species found during summer bird count
12,314 birds of various species found during summer bird count

As many as 12,314 birds of various species were found during the day-long summer bird count exercise at Pong Dam, to monitor the number of birds present in the Wildlife Sanctuary.

New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study
New species of songbirds evolving in Western Ghats, says study

Interspersed with "sky islands" and large valleys, the unique topography of Western Ghats is aiding evolution of new species of songbirds, a recent study shows.

'Jesus lizard' walked on water 48 mn years ago

In what may provide insights into how climate change may affect tropical species, scientists have discovered a 48-million-year-old fossil, known as a "Jesus lizard", that could walk on water.

Dinosaurs' extinction gave rise to modern fish: Study

Paleontologists have determined that ray-finned fish - the world's most diverse vertebrates - began their dominance in the oceans 66 million years ago after the mass extinction that wiped out dinosaurs from the Earth.

'Near-extinct species should be bred in wild'

Critically-endangered species should be encouraged to breed in the wild rather than in captivity, suggests a new research by the University of East Anglia (UEA).

176 new species of animals discovered in India

During last year, field biologists discovered 176 species of animals from India which are new to science, states Zoological Survey of India.

New species of human found in Ethiopia: Report

Remains of a new species of humans, which scientists have dated between 3.3 million and 3.5 million years old, were discovered in Afar state of Ethiopia, a media report said on Thursday.

Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts
Syria's rare bird may go extinct due to ISIS invasion of Palmyra: Experts

Experts have warned about the possible extinction of a rare bird species, the northern bald ibis, in Syria after its ancient city Palmyra has been captured by the Islamic State.

Wild `teddy bear` of Louisiana no longer endangered

The Louisiana black bear, which inspired the popular stuffed animals known as teddy bears, is no longer an endangered species, US officials said Wednesday.

Men exist to keep population genetically healthy?
Men exist to keep population genetically healthy?

Males are required for a process known as "sexual selection" which helps species to ward off disease and avoid extinction, a new study claims.

Sense of smell made new dinosaur a fierce predator

A new species of dinosaur closely related to the Velociraptor, a group of creatures depicted in the movie Jurassic Park, has been identified of possessing a keen sense of smell that would have made it a formidable predator.

Rare species of butterfly discovered in Manipur
Rare species of butterfly discovered in Manipur

Wildlife photographers claimed to have spotted a rare species of butterfly near Kwatha village under Yangoupokpi Wildlife Sanctuary in Manipur.

Ancient 'terror' bird comes alive

Researchers have discovered fossil remains of a new species of South American terror bird called Llallawavis scagliai ("Scaglia's Magnificent Bird").

Brontosaurus identified as new dinosaur genus
Brontosaurus identified as new dinosaur genus

The iconic dinosaur Brontosaurus is set to be reinstated as its own unique genus after over 100 years of being misclassified as Apatosaurus, scientists say.

Here's how classical music improves brain functions
Here's how classical music improves brain functions

A new study has revealed that listening to classical music modulates genes that are responsible for brain functions.

New jumping spider with mating plug discovered
New jumping spider with mating plug discovered

Researchers at Kochi's Sacred Heart College have discovered a new little jumping spider belonging to the Salticidae family in the Western Ghats.

Fish kills prey by posing as family
Fish kills prey by posing as family

A predatory fish in the Australian Great Barrier Reef preys on smaller fish by changing colour and pretending to be an adult of their species, scientists have found.

Over 90 rare turtles seized by BSF along Bangladesh border

More than 90 rare species of 'black spotted' turtle, widely smuggled for their meat, were today seized by the BSF when they were being illegally sneaked into West Bengal through Indo-Bangladesh border.

Rare giant flying squirrel rescued in Arunachal Pradesh

A rare giant flying squirrel was rescued from two men in Arunachal Pradesh's West Kameng district and released into the wild, forest department sources said Tuesday.

First proof that Asian monsoon rains played key role in mammal evolution found

A team of scientists has found the first proof that weakening and strengthening Asian monsoon rains played a key role in the evolution of mammals.