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Monster Rats and Miniature Elephants Once Existed in This Indonesian Island

Massive komodo dragons are even believed to have existed there!

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Most of us know which animals in the kingdom are large and which ones are small. We know that rodents are tiny while elephants are huge. It’s basic elementary knowledge, so to speak.

But interestingly, this wasn’t the case in the tropical archipelago of Indonesia during archaic times. Miniature elephants and giant rodents, ironically, teemed the location. The place was even packed with the weirdest creatures in all of Earth.

Researchers tried to understand why these types of creatures no longer exist today. The island in this case is called Sumba, a place known for incredible species.

The island was believed to house the strangest animals in the planet.

According to IFLScience, the said island was part of a group known as the Wallace Islands. This region became a favorite to numerous biologists due to its peculiarity. It is located somewhere in a gateway between Australia and Asia.

The islands were said to have been populated by bizarre creatures. For a good amount of years, these mixed species were isolated in the island and all came from both continents.

Sumba, in particular, became a ground for evolution. It was where species like giant rodents and komodo dragons existed. Even the smallest elephant race was believed to have existed there.

The miniature elephants were called pygmy stegodon.

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The researchers further suggest this:

These discoveries offer a fascinating and poignant glimpse at a lost world, as many of the animals that evolved in isolation on islands in Wallacea were lost following the prehistoric arrival of modern humans.”

One of the lead authors of the study named Dr. Samuel Turvey said that unraveling the mystery of a diverse island is quite important. It gives humanity a better understanding of the various processes of evolution. This should also explain why some of these species “were lost while others survived.”

Turvey and his team are confident that this discovery will help them further understand the enigmas of evolution.

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It’s worth noting that some of the species from the island also evolved on Flores, a nearby island similar to Sumba. Interestingly, this island is where researchers discovered the so-called “hobbit” people. They’re scientifically known as Homo Floresiensis, a human species that stood around 3 feet 7 inches (1.1 meters) tall.

The researchers continue to dig in deeper into the mystery of the island. They’re hoping to acquire a breakthrough that will further help humanity in the field of evolution.

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Neuroscientists Have Identified a Song That Reduces Anxiety by 65%

Listen to this the next time you’re having a panic attack.

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Anxiety disorders aren't to be taken lightly. The intense fear, panic, and worry can be very paralyzing, and they can affect everything from personal relationships to professional matters. In the U.S. alone, the Anxiety Centre estimates that 30% of the adult population from ages 18 to 54 are affected by anxiety disorders.

Anyone can be hit by anxiety, from young, impressionable students to respectable professionals, mothers, fathers, and so on. In today's modern society, there are so many factors that can cause anxiety, including the rise of technology, use of social media, overly protective parenting, impossible beauty standards, and other societal pressures.

Anxiety is currently treated with medication and counseling, but neuroscientists have found another way to fight it.

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If Your Email Account Is On This List, Change Your Password Right Away

Check your email addresses – now!

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Technology has helped the world become a better place. For instance, communication is now much better than before. We have plenty of platforms that we can use to connect with our loved ones or friends. Email, in particular, is a living proof of technology’s greatness.

Apparently, a group of computer security experts chanced upon a spam list that contains a whopping count of 711 million email addresses. Discovered by a Paris-based security researcher called Benkow, the said list contains two separate troves of data.

This is perhaps the largest email breach in history.

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Experts Reveal Countries Most Likely To Withstand The Horrors of Climate Change

Take a look and find out how prepared your country is!

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Climate change is real, and it’s already happening now. But despite the huge threat it imposes, some people remain skeptical. They still think that it’s nothing but a ploy from the government to inflict fear. Seriously though, how can it be a ploy if there’s every evidence that can back it up?

A few years ago, the University of Notre Dame revealed an index suggesting the possible nations that were either more or less likely to be affected. It was coined the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative (ND-GAIN). Fast forward today, it’s starting to make noise on the web surface.

Climate change is real, people. It's inevitable.

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