2 march 2017

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Primate Species Discovered

Researchers have discovered a new primate species that lived in Jammu and Kashmir some 11 to 14 million years ago. Scientists have named the new species Ramadapis sahnii.
        It is a member of the ancient Sivaladapidae primate family, consumed leaves and was about the size of a house cat, said study co-author Biren Patel, Associate Professor at Keck School of Medicine of University of Southern California in the US.
         The findings, published in the Journal of Human Evolution, could shed new light on human evolution.
         “Among the primates, the most common ones in the Kashmir region are from a genus called Sivapithecus, which were ancestral forms of orangutans,” Patel said.

       The last primate found in the area was 38 years ago. So, in addition to being a new species, this is the first primate fossil found in the area in decades.

Copper axes point to an ancient culture story.

Archaeologists excited, as discovery may shine light on a 4,000-year-old Ganga-Yamuna culture

Six copper axes and some pieces of pottery discovered in Sakatpur of Saharanpur district in Uttar Pradesh could point to a separate culture that straddled the Ganga and Yamuna, coinciding with the Indus Valley Civilisation, say archaeologists. The Archaeological Survey of India is excavating the site at Rampur Maniharan, hoping to discover more artefacts.

In fertile plains

When he Indus Valley civilisation flourished in what is today Punjab, Haryana and parts of Pakistan, a parallel culture is thought to have co-existed in the fertile plains between the Ganga and the Yamuna in western Uttar Pradesh. The copper axes and pottery sherds found last week may be related to the Ochre Coloured Pottery (OCP) culture in the doab (plains) of the two rivers in the late Harappan period, around 2000 BC.

प्राइमेट प्रजाति की खोज

शोधकर्ताओं ने एक नए रहनुमा प्रजातियों की खोज की है। जो  कुछ 11 से 14 करोड़ साल पहले जम्मू-कश्मीर में रहते थे । वैज्ञानिकों ने नई प्रजाति का नाम Ramadapis sahnii रखा   है।   यह प्राचीन Sivaladapidae प्राइमेट परिवार का एक सदस्य है।  जो पत्ते का सेवन करती  थी  , और एक घर बिल्ली के आकार के आकार की थी । 

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