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The last speaker of an ancient language in India's Andaman Islands has died at the age of about 85, a leading linguist has told the BBC. ... Languages in the Andamans are thought to originate from Africa. Some may be 70,000 years old. The islands are often called an "anthropologist's dream" and are one of the most linguistically diverse areas of the world. ... It is generally believed that all Andamanese languages might...


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Colony collapse disorder (CCD) is a mysterious disappearance of honey bees that has beset beekeepers in the United States since late 2006.


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For every one wild tiger alive in the world today, there may be three "farmed" tigers in China.


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The tiger may be more ancient and distinct than we thought. Tigers are less closely related to lions, leopards and jaguars than these other big cats are to each other, according to a new comprehensive study. The genetic analysis also reveals the tiger began evolving 3.2 million years ago, and its closest living relative is the equally endangered snow leopard.


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An international panel of experts has strongly endorsed evidence that a space impact was behind the mass extinction event that killed off the dinosaurs.


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Governments need to crack down on illegal tiger trading if the big cats are to be saved, the UN has warned.


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One of science's most puzzling mysteries - the disappearance of the Neanderthals - may have been solved. Modern humans ate them, says a leading fossil expert.


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According to a major scientific survey at least 101 primate species are still used in traditional folk practices and in magic or religious rituals.


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Over the past few years, honeybees have suddenly and inexplicably disappeared from colonies that once thrived across the northern parts of the American and European continents. A mysterious malaise has struck down the fittest and most able bees, laying waste to billions and leaving empty hives starved of once industrious workers. But we are no nearer understanding the exact cause of this carnage.


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The growing use of mobile telephones is behind the disappearance of honey bees and the collapse of their hives, scientists have claimed.


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An asteroid pile-up sent debris swirling around the Solar System, including a chunk that later smashed into Earth wiping out the great beasts.


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Researchers examined records for 17 snake populations covering eight species over the last few decades, and found most had declined markedly.


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US researchers claim to have identified a new potential cause for Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) in honeybees. The disease is responsible for wiping out many beekeepers' entire colonies over the past few years. Scientists from the US Department of Agriculture say the pathogens to blame are a fungus and a family of viruses.


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