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.
Around 95% of marine species and 70% of life on land was wiped out in the event often referred to as "The Great Dying", which struck 252 million years ago. Previous studies have linked it with a series of massive volcanic eruptions in Siberia that filled the atmosphere with greenhouse gases.
Up for auction are four frogs, four species of orchid and a reddish ant with a trap-jaw. There's also a grey forest mouse with impressively long whiskers, a wormlike amphibian and a burnt-orange salamander with tiny legs that you can bid for to be named after you or whatever you want. There is a wasp named after William Shakespeare, a horse fly named after Beyoncé.
Realising that projects like roads, railways and powers lines are proving detrimental for tigers, the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has directed all chief wildlife wardens (CWLWs) in tiger-ranging states to strongly comply with existing statutory provisions of the Wildlife Protection Act. The circular was issued on Wednesday.