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News in Short - 24-March-2020

Ancient human ancestor Little foot lived on trees

Date: 24 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • According to experts, ancient human ancestors called 'Little Foot' or the first humans identified having the complete Australopithecus skeleton moved like monkeys by being skilful at climbing and sleeping in trees in order to hide from big predators. 
  • Researchers from Johannesburg in South Africa, recently found out an interesting fact about the early humans in the civilization exactly 3.67 million years ago.
  • As they studied the remains of Little Foot, the researchers identified that early humans slept in trees to survive in the jungletherefore, had sturdy grip and toes that skilfully climb trees just like monkeys.

‘Wonderchicken’ fossil from Belgium

Date: 24 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A fossil unearthed in Belgium dubbed the "Wonderchicken" is providing a rare glimpse into the early evolution of modern birds, right before an asteroid impact altered the course of life on Earth.
  • Researchers described a partridge-sized bird named Asteriornis maastrichtensis that inhabited a seashore environment 66.7 million years ago during the Cretaceous Period.
  • It represents the oldest-known anatomically modern bird, sharing skull traits with today's landfowl like chickens, turkeys, quail and pheasants as well as waterfowl like ducks, geese and swans.

Loss of smell hidden indicator of Coronavirus infection

Date: 24 March 2020 Tags: Disaster & Disaster Management
  • Anyone experiencing a sudden loss of smell could be a "hidden carrier" of the coronavirus, even if they have no other symptoms, according to study.
  • In South Korea, China, and Italy, about a third of patients who have tested positive for COVID-19 have also reported a loss of smell,  known as anosmia or hyposmia.
  • The lack of other recognised symptoms in these cases may mean they are unlikely to be tested and isolated, meaning they could be contributing to the rapid spread of the disease worldwide.

Veteran Tamil director Visu passes away

Date: 24 March 2020 Tags: Obituaries
  • Actor, director and stage artiste M.R. Viswanathan, popularly known as Visu died in Chennai. He was 75.
  • His popular films which include Manal Kayiru, Samsaram Adhu Minsaram, Aval Sumangalithaan and Dowry Kalyanam were known for their strong, family-centric subjects.

Security personnel martyred by Naxals

Date: 24 March 2020 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Maoists ambushed security forces in forest of Sukmadistrict late Saturday, killing 17 of them, injuring 15 and looting a light machinegun and 12 AK47s.
  • This is the biggest death toll among the forces in Chhattisgarh in three years, and the first major attack in the current regime.
  • All those killed were from District Reserve Guards, comprising mostly local youth and surrendered Maoists.