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New species of cannibal scorpions – Bangalore Mirror

… “It is certain that these scorpions are found in three districts of Maharashtra – Thane, Pune and Raigad. These scorpions are flat and are found under the rock along the stream bed. When we surveyed burrows, we found remains of scorpion exoskeleton (outer covering) and were wondering who would have eaten the scorpions. It is not uncommon for scorpions to eat their kind but here nearly all the burrows that we checked had remains of the same species, said Rajesh Sanap. When two …

Discovery of Giant Wasp Opens Window to Ancient Forests

From www.newhistorian.com | November 30, 2015 No one was more surprised by Bruce Archibald’s discovery than Dr. Bruce Archibald when he discovered a flawlessly preserved 53-million-year-old species of giant horntail wood wasp. He found the wasp embedded in a rock he’d broken open while out searching for insects in the McAbee Fossil Beds, located in the southern interior of British Columbia, Canada. Almost as frightening as the new species’ gigantic size, almost three inches (seven …

Frodo’s basement: Secret chamber found where hobbit humans lived 

… of the Liang Bua rock shelter, where the hobbit remains were unearthed, have drawn a blank. Perhaps that’s because we’ve been looking in the wrong place. In 2006, Michael Gagan at the Australian National University in Canberra and his colleagues visited the cave, and in one dimly lit corner stumbled upon the entrance to a steep passageway. They abseiled down and found a whole new chamber. The team has now excavated the upper layers of sediment in the Liang Bawah cave. They uncovered animal …

Profit and ruin along the Western Ghats 

… biodiversity hot spots. The Zoological Survey of India reports that last year alone, 349 new species of flora and fauna were discovered in India; 22% of those were in the Western Ghats. Scientists discovered 14 new species of dancing frogs here. Some males blow out their throats while perched on a rock, and wave their legs alluringly in the air. Just the thought of it drives me mad with desire, so I can imagine what it does to the female frogs. That’s good! But: This area is also one of the …

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