Fossils In Himachal
Fossils of a small rodent-like creature known as insectivore, which palaeontologists believe gave rise to earliest primates, were recovered from a site in Haritalyanagar in Bilaspur district in Himachal Pradesh. A research team from Panjab University found a dozen specimens of insectivores consisting of complete skulls, mandibles and fragmentary skeletal parts. These were the first such finds of primitive mammals from the Nagri beds of the Miocene age extending approximately 15 million to 20 million years in the Shivalik. The researchers had earlier recovered remains of primitive monkeys and man-like apes from these beds.
Shades Of Red
The unexpected postponement of the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev’s visit to Belgrade indicated that differences between him and Yugoslav President Marshal Tito remained unresolved and that the much-publicised conference of European communist parties has hit a snag. Yugoslavia have long suspected what they call the Soviet “intentions” towards their country. They have repeatedly accused the Russians of financing the opposition and have arrested several people on charges of being Soviet agents.
War In Lebanon
Syria put its air force on the alert to bring back its troops sent into Lebanon against leftist militias and Palestinians amidst reports that Syrian forces had taken over the port city of Sidon. Syrian premier Mahmoud Ayoubi held talks with Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin in Damascus and thanked him for providing arms to discourage “imperialist and zionist expansion” in Lebanon.
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