Indian scientists unveil new facts on extinction



Image: Voles are a kind of rodents which are facing extinction.

Professor Govindan Rangarajan of the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, and Professor R.E. Amritkar, Physical Research Laboratory, Ahmedabad have found that a single animal specie is likely to become extinct from different locations on Earth around the same time if a common external factor, or ‘forcing’, is applied.

Latest research conducted over a year suggests that if a specie becomes extinct in one location, it becomes extinct globally in all locations. Populations of a single animal specie will become extinct at the same time due to the common external factor, or ‘forcing’,

Rangarajan received his Ph.D. from University of Maryland, College Park, USA, and also served at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, University of California, Berkeley, for two years before joining the Indian Institute of Science in 1992.

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