Gobar Times


Fossil Monster

Fossil of a monster-size reptile has been discovered in a 150 million-year-old Jurassic graveyard on an Arctic island off Norway! The skeleton of the fish-like reptile is about 10 meters (33 feet) long with “vertebrae the size of dinner plates and teeth the size of cucumbers,” says Joern Hurum, an assistant professor at the University of Oslo.

Remains of 28 plesiosaurs and ichthyosaurs – top marine predators when dinosaurs dominated on land – have also been discovered with it!

The more, the better

Everybody desires something extra, and Henrietta just has it! Who’s Henrietta? She’s a chicken living at Brendle Farms in Somerset, Pennsylvania. And she has four legs! She has two normal front legs and, behind those, two more feet.

All the legs are of a similar size, but the extra legs don't function. She simply drags them behind her. Not of much use. But the legs have surely given her an extra edge over other chickens!

Amiable Apes

What can make a captive ape feel at home in its cage? Adequate space, fresh food, variety in the diet, some type of ‘enrichment’, and… an ape desires company! Dr. Sue Savage-Rumbaugh, a leading expert on great ape intelligence and behaviour, believes that sociological, psychological and cultural factors are vital for the adequate functioning of apes.

She works with Great Ape Trust of Iowa, and is the first and only scientist doing language research with bonobos. Hmm… so even apes love to socialize like we do!


A multicoloured bird has been discovered in a Colombian cloud forest. The yellow and black Yariguies Brush-Finch has reddish-brown and black eyes, and is topped with an orange plume. It was found in the country’s eastern Andean range in Santander province.

The bird is named after an Indian tribe that once lived in the nature reserve where it was found. Colombia has about 1,800 species of bird! However, this is just the first of several new species that the researchers have discovered from the Yariguies Mountains, including several new butterflies!

Tamiflu vs. Birdflu

Don’t be scared! Tamiflu is not another flu virus. It is a drug that many countries, including India, used to ward off the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus! Genetic and DNA sequencing of the virus collected by scientists from Bhopal’s High Security Animal Disease Laboratory, India, has revealed that the virus contained several types of amino acids that made it sensitive to Tamiflu.

Timely use of this drug, scientists say, helped India avert a possible transmission of the deadly H5N1 virus from birds to humans. A victory well won!

Poor young things

According to a new report by International Labour Office, the number of unemployed youth aged 15 to 24 rose over the past decade, and hundreds of millions more are working but living in poverty. While the number of young unemployed increased from 74 million to 85 million, or by 14.8 per cent between 1995 and 2005, more than 300 million youth, or approximately 25 per cent of the youth population, were living below the US $2 per day poverty line.

Unemployed youth make up 44 per cent of the world's total unemployed despite the fact that their share of the total working age population aged 15 and over is only 25 per cent.





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