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.

It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN
It's time to get serious about wildlife crime: UN

Illegal wildlife trade undermines rule of law, degrades ecosystems and severely hampers the efforts of rural communities striving to sustainably manage their natural resources, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said on Tuesday as the intergovernmental organisation marked World Wildlife Day.

65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP
65 endangered juvenile gharials released into Ganges at Hastinapur, UP

To protect the 'critically-endangered' species from extinction, the Uttar Pradesh government in association with the World Wide Fund for Nature has released 65 juvenile Gharials, bred in captivity, into the Ganges at Hastinapur.

When seven crocodile species lived together
When seven crocodile species lived together

How many species of crocodiles can co-exist in close proximity? Well, some 13 million years ago, as many as seven different species lived and hunted in the swampy waters of Peru, says a research.

144 species spotted in Goa's maiden wetland bird census

The first-ever bird census has recorded 144 bird species and 9,992 birds across Goa's 23 wetlands which includes four vulnerable and five near-threatened species, according to experts.

Offspring of dominant chimp mothers win more fights
Offspring of dominant chimp mothers win more fights

Like human beings, a dominant mom helps young chimpanzees win playground fights, shows a new study.

Scientists stamp squirrel monkeys as rare species
Scientists stamp squirrel monkeys as rare species

A study has resolved a long-standing dispute concerning a small number of black-headed squirrel monkeys (Saimiri vanzolinii), which are found only in an isolated part of Brazil.

Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development
Australia migratory bird levels plunge from Asia development

Coastal developments in northeast Asia are threatening the survival of Australian migratory shorebirds, a study has found, with some species experiencing population declines of up to 75 percent over the last two decades.

Geckos' penises evolve six times faster than other body parts
Geckos' penises evolve six times faster than other body parts

A new study has revealed that lizard's penis evolves six times faster than any of its other parts.

170 million-yr-old bones of Loch Ness monster's relative found in Scotland

Scientists have recently discovered bones of relative of Loch Ness monster who lived in the waters of the Isle of Skye in Scotland 170 million years ago.

GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline
GM crops pushing Monarch butterflies' rapid decline

The growing use of genetically modified (GM) crops in the US has led the Monarch butterfly, once common across the country, close to ending up on the endangered species list.

Invasive species can dramatically alter landscapes
Invasive species can dramatically alter landscapes

 Invasive plant and animal species can cause dramatic and enduring changes to the geography and ecology of landscapes, a new study has found.

Drunk birds slur just like tipsy humans
Drunk birds slur just like tipsy humans

Drunk birds slur their words just like humans do when they are inebriated, a new study has found.