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Are ostriches found in India?

Asked by M. Wright, Last updated: Aug 19, 2020

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K. Keturah

K. Keturah

K. Keturah
K. Keturah

Answered Jan 08, 2020

Ostriches were all over India about 25,000 years ago. Though it is native to Africa, several geologists and archeologists have located ostrich eggshell pieces in India. DNA showed that the ostrich eggshells found in India were genetically similar to the African ostrich. The carbon dating of the ostrich eggshell reveals the eggs to be 25,000 years old.

Ostriches were all over India about 25,000 years ago. Though it is native to Africa, several
The foundation and evolution of the ostrich are very much related to the continental drifting of Gondwanaland. When the continent broke-up, it separated Africa and Indo Madagascar. This distribution led to the hopping of ostriches in Africa through Eurasia 20 million years ago. However, there is no substantial proof that ostriches existed in India.

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B. Lazarus

B. Lazarus

B. Lazarus
B. Lazarus

Answered Jan 08, 2020

Ostriches are no longer in India, although they can survive in India if you can take care of them intensively. The last time ostriches were seen in India was about 25,000 years ago. Recent research carried out by Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology shows that a species of the ostrich that is native to Africa once lived on Indian soil. Over the years, a series of ostrich eggshells have been found in India by archaeologists and geologists.

Ostriches are no longer in India, although they can survive in India if you can take care of them
However, the DNA study was done on the ostrich eggshells, and they were analyzed by different methods. Their findings show that there are certain similarities between the ostrich eggshells and those ones that are native to Africa. This finding has further raised the speculation that those ostriches that are found in Africa are from India. According to history, those ostriches left India because of the continental drift that separated a portion of Indian land from Africa.

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