Five million years, 40 kilometres of separation: the evolutionary zones of the Western Ghats.
by Akshai JainJul 02, 2014
When a little bird, not much larger than a tennis ball,
plunged into a net that Robin V. Vijayan had strung up along a jungle path, he
felt what a big game hunter bagging his first trophy must feel. A dot of blood
taken from this blue-black, pear-shaped bird, found exclusively in the upper
reaches of the Western Ghats, would spark a series of questions that would
magically turn these mountains into islands.This chain of mountains that stretches 1,600 kilometres
along the length of India’s
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has worked with Outlook Traveller, Mint and Tehelka. He now freelances, and his latest hobby-horse is science journalism.
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