World's oldest ostrich nest discovered in Andhra Pradesh. It contains 911 eggs

The nest, measuring approximately 9-10 feet in width, contains an impressive 911 ostrich eggs, offering unprecedented insights into the behavior and the habitat.
World's oldest ostrich nest discovered in Andhra Pradesh. It contains 911 eggs
The oldest ostrich nest discovered in Andhra Pradesh.

An international team of researchers has unearthed the oldest known ostrich nest in the world, dating back an astonishing 41,000 years. This remarkable find was made at a fossil-rich site in the Prakasam district of Andhra Pradesh, India.

The nest, measuring approximately 9-10 feet in width, contains an impressive 911 ostrich eggs, offering unprecedented insights into the behavior and habitat of these ancient megafaunal birds. The discovery was made by archaeologists from MS University in Vadodara, in collaboration with experts from Germany, Australia, and the United States.

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World's oldest ostrich nest discovered in Andhra Pradesh. It contains 911 eggs

Devara Anilkumar, Assistant Professor at MSU's Department of Archaeology and Ancient History, highlighted the significance of this finding. "This finding represents a crucial moment in comprehending the extinction of megafaunal species in India," he stated.

The discovery of nearly 3,500 fragments of ostrich eggshells in a confined area validates the historical presence of ostriches in Southern India and establishes the existence of the oldest known ostrich nest in the world.

The discovery holds significant promise for providing crucial data on the ecological dynamics that contributed to the extinction of megafaunal species throughout the Indian subcontinent. Previous ostrich-related findings in the area, including the Siwalik Hills and Peninsular India, date back millions and tens of thousands of years, respectively.

The research, supported by funding from the esteemed Leakey Foundation, has been ongoing since April 2023. The team's findings are set to revolutionize our understanding of these ancient birds and the prehistoric landscape of the Indian subcontinent.

This groundbreaking discovery not only sheds light on the life and extinction of ancient ostriches but also provides valuable insights into the prehistoric environment and the factors that influenced the extinction of megafaunal species in India.

The collaborative efforts of the international research team have paved the way for a deeper understanding of the ancient ecological dynamics of the region.

Source: India Today

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