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News in Short - 30-March-2021

Denisovan DNA

Date: 30 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • Neanderthal fossils from a cave in Belgium believed to belong to the last survivors of their species ever discovered in Europe are thousands of years older than once thought, according to a new study.
  • Previous radiocarbon dating of the remains from the Spy Cave yielded ages as recent as approximately 24,000 years ago, but the new testing pushes the clock back to between 44,200 to 40,600 years ago.
  • Having a firm idea of when our closest human relatives disappeared is considered a key first step toward understanding more about their nature and capabilities, as well as why they eventually went extinct while our own ancestors prospered.

New seaweed species discovered in India

Date: 30 March 2021 Tags: Biodiversity
  • Two new red algal seaweed species, that can be a potential raw material for jelly and ice cream production, have been discovered along India’s coastline.
  • A group of marine botanists have traced these native seaweed species along the coasts of Kanyakumari in Tamil Nadu and in Gujarat and Daman Diu.
  • Both varieties were discovered in Kanyakumari. The fine and hairy algae Hypnea indica was discovered in Shivrajpur and Somnath Pathan in Gujarat, whereas Hypnea Bullata grew along the coastline of Daman and Diu.
  • The researchers said that the seaweeds thrived on rocks that submerged during high tides and remain exposed during low tides at these locations.

WHO reports indicate animals likely source of Covid-19 infection

Date: 30 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • A joint WHO-China study on the origins of COVID-19 says that transmission of the virus from bats to humans through another animal is the most likely reason for the disease.
  • The findings were largely as expected and left many questions unanswered. The team proposed further research in every area except the lab leak hypothesis.
  • The report’s release has been repeatedly delayed, raising questions about whether the Chinese side was trying to manipulate findings.

Stranded Suez canal ship refloated

Date: 30 March 2021 Tags: Miscellaneous
  • The stranded container ship blocking the Suez Canal for almost a week was re-floated on and is currently being secured.
  • The ship Ever Given became jammed diagonally across a southern section of the canal in high winds early on Tuesday, halting shipping traffic on the shortest shipping route between Europe and Asia.
  • At least 369 vessels were waiting to transit the canal, including dozens of container ships, bulk carriers, oil tankers and liquefied natural gas (LNG) or liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels.