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Human activity threatens 50 billion years of evolution, say scientists

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The punk-haired Mary River turtle is under threat of extinction (Credits: Chris Van-Wyk / ZSL / SWNS.COM)

Our ‘human footprint’ is destroying more than 50 billion years of unique evolutionary history, warns a new study.

Research led by the Zoological Society of London and Imperial College found that many regions home to the greatest amount of unique evolutionary history are facing unprecedented levels of human pressure.

These include the Caribbean, the Western Ghats of India, and large parts of Southeast Asia.

The team mapped the evolutionary history of the world’s terrestrial vertebrates including amphibians, birds, mammals and reptiles.

They explored how areas with large concentrations of evolutionarily distinct and threatened species are being impacted by our ever-increasing ‘human footprint’.

Biodiversity is under massive threat from the human footprint (Credits: PA)

Lead author Dr Rikki Gumbs, of Imperial College London, said: ‘Our analyses reveal the incomprehensible scale of the losses we face if we don’t work harder to save global biodiversity.

‘To put some of the numbers into perspective, reptiles alone stand to lose at least 13 billion years of unique evolutionary history, roughly the same number of years as have passed since the beginning of the entire universe.’

Using extinction risk data for around 25,000 species, the researchers also calculated the amount of evolutionary history – branches on the tree of life – currently threatened with extinction.

They found at least 50 billion years of evolutionary heritage is under threat, as well as a large number of species.

The Shoebill stork that lives in Africa is under threat too (Credits: Claudia Gray / ZSL / SWNS.COM)

The greatest losses of evolutionary history will be driven by the extinction of entire groups of closely-related species that share long branches of the tree of life, such as pangolins and tapirs.

We could also lose highly evolutionarily distinct species that sit alone at the ends of extremely long branches, such as the ancient Chinese crocodile lizards, the Shoebill a gigantic bird that stalks the wetlands of Africa and the iconic Aye-aye, a nocturnal lemur with large yellow eyes and long spindly fingers.

This is an Aye-Aye (Credits: ZSL / SWNS.COM)

This new study highlights priority species for conservation, based on their evolutionary uniqueness and the intense human pressure across the environments where they are thought to exist.

Many of these species are also a priority for ZSL’s EDGE of Existence programme, which works to conserve the world’s most evolutionarily distinct and threatened species from extinction – including the punk-haired Mary River turtle and the Purple frog.

We don’t want to lose a species as great looking as this (Credits: Chris Van-Wyk / ZSL / SWNS.COM)

Dr Gumbs said: ‘These are some of the most incredible and overlooked animals on Planet Earth.

‘From legless lizards and tiny blind snakes to pink worm-like amphibians called caecilians, we know precious little about these fascinating creatures, many of which may be sliding silently toward extinction.’

A baby Pangolin (Credits: Yingboon Chongsomchai /ZSL / SWN)

Co-author Dr James Rosindell, from Imperial College London, added: ‘Our findings highlight the importance of acting urgently to conserve these extraordinary species and the remaining habitat that they occupy – in the face of intense human pressures.’

The findings are published in Nature Communications.

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WhatsApp Beta Users will Now be Able to Watch ShareChat videos in Picture-in-Picture mode

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WhatsApp has reportedly released ShareChat video support for Android and iOS beta users.

On WhatsApp v2.20.81.3 beta version for iOS and WhatsApp v2.20.197.7 beta for Android, all users will be able to watch Sharechat video in-app via a floating video, it works just like YouTube and Facebook video links. is.

In addition, the latest WhatsApp beta for iOS indicates that the messaging company is pursuing wallpaper customization in chat for users.

This means that whenever this feature will be made live, users can set different wallpapers in different chats.

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WhatsApp is enabling ShareChat video support

As reported by WABetaInfo, WhatsApp is enabling ShareChat video support in its most recent beta version for Android and iPhone.

Tracker informed that this feature will not be immediately available to all users, it may take up to 24 hours to reach all of them, after which users can use it.

As we mentioned, this feature will reportedly work on the WhatsApp v2.20.81.3 beta version for iPhone and WhatsApp v2.20.197.7 beta for Android.

Highlights

  • After the introduction of this feature, videos shared from Sharechat can be viewed by playing in WhatsApp itself.
  • Just like a Sharechat video will be shared on WhatsApp, the video box will appear in your chat with the Play button.
  • The video will start in picture-in-picture mode in WhatsApp as soon as you press the play button.

Features

Latest WhatsApp v2.20.90.21 has discovered all new things in beta. The new beta indicates that WhatsApp is working on a new multi-wallpaper feature.

Currently, this feature is under development.

But in the future, it will be made available to all users through updates. With the help of this feature, users can set different wallpapers in different chats.

PUBG Mobile Latest Update: First upgradable outfit Golden Pharoah X-Suit Introduced to the game.

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PUBG Mobile Latest Update : First upgradable outfit Golden Pharoah X-Suit Introduced to the game.

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PUBG Mobile Latest Update

PUBG Mobile has added its first upgradable outfit Golden Pharoah X-Suit to the game.

The new outfits have been combined with the latest update, which brings the Ancient Secret game mode. There are many variations of the Golden Pharoah X-Suite. Some elements of this outfit are inspired by the future and some by historical elements.

According to the official website of PUBG, it can be upgraded to change its appearance, as it has three variants,

  • Basic
  • Advanced
  • one last form

The ancient game mode has gone live in PUBG Mobile and some new features and modes are also available.

PUBG Mobile has tweeted that the Golden Fera X-Suite is the game’s first upgradeable outfit, which may mean that some other suits will be added in the coming times.

Golden Pharoah X-Suit is part of the Ancient Secret game mode, which brings temples to the Erangel and Miramar maps, which float in the sky after a certain time and then disappear.

Suits can be obtained by opening the crate during the event at PUBG Mobile, as well as the ongoing lucky draw, which will run until September 11.

PUBG Mobile has also posted a video on its official website, which gives information about several unlocked items in the game.

Highlights

  • The Golden Pharoah X-Suite comes with exclusive rewards, which can be achieved by opening the Farah crates until 13 August.
  • It is part of the Ancient Secret Mode. Floating Temple has been added to the game, giving players a chance to receive Epic loot.
  • Puzzle has also been added to both maps and solving them gives great loot. In addition, there is a slate puzzle and a new boss fight, which takes place inside the floating temple.

PUBG Mobile: New Eragel 2.0 Map And Weapons Introduced in PUBG Mobile Beta Version !!

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PUBG Mobile : New Eragel 2.0 Map And Weapons Introduced in PUBG Mobile Beta Version !!

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The PUBG Mobile beta version has finally got the Erangel 2.0 map with the 1.0 update.

The news was shared by the PUBG mobile team on its Discord server, where every detail of Erangel 2.0 was given.

The Beta 1.0 update is currently only available for Android users, in addition to the iOS version, which will be rolled out soon.

There are many changes to this version, but the biggest change is the Erangle 2.0 map.

It is important to note that since this is a beta update, it may see several changes until the game comes to a stable version.

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PUBG Mobile Beta 1.0 updates

  • The new PUBG mobile beta update has come with a straightforward 1.0.0 version from 0.19.0 instead of the 0.20.0 version.
  • It has brought a new Erangel 2.0 map.
  • The map comes with some changes compared to the first. Appears more attractive than before and many elements have been changed in it.
  • There are some changes to the buildings in the new map, such as Mylta Power, Quarry, Prison, and many other areas.
  • Players will see trenches, old corroded tanks, barricades, and many new additions to the map.

New weapon Introduced

There is also a new weapon – the M1014 – as well as some changes for stability.

Some problems have also been fixed through new updates. Cheer Park has been revamped with the showdown and some other items.

The new beta version can be downloaded to Android devices from here. iOS users will have to wait a bit.

According to a moderator on the PUBG Mobile Discord server, the link is not likely to be updated. If this happens, users have been advised to download it again after a few hours.

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