Horse Bird Mystery in Rigveda :New Scientific Evidence (Post No.9344)

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Post No. 9344

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Brahmins in their thrice a day ritual called Sandhyavandana, recite a mantra where the word DADHIKRAVAN IS USED. No Vedic scholar can give the correct translation for this word. Literally translated it means Horse Bird. Some scholars thought it is a speedy horse. Horse Bird appear at least in twenty places in the Rig Veda spreading over four mandalas/ books RV.3,4,7,10. Some scholars think that it is an Ostrich. Now we don’t have ostrich anywhere except zoos and farms. An ostrich in Vedic India is not such

This is a summary from Sudhakar Raje’s article in Organiser dated May 29,2005 with my inputs.

The reason for discussing it now is the new evidence of Ostrich birds. Please see the paper cuttings below:-

Ostriches once roamed the Indian peninsula

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/ostriches-once-roamed-indian-708894.html

he large species of flightless bird, Ostrich, are now native to Africa. After nearly decade-long research, Dr VT Ingole, a professor from Amravati district of Maharashtra, has discovered that Ostriches existed in Indian sub-continent, nearly 15,000 to 25,000 years ago, particularly in Vidarbha region.19 Dec 2018,DECCAN HERALD

After nearly decade-long research, Dr VT Ingole, a professor from Amravati district of Maharashtra, has discovered that Ostriches existed in Indian sub-continent, nearly 15,000 to 25,000 years ago – particularly in Vidarbha region. DH photo Highlight…

Read more at: https://www.deccanherald.com/ostriches-once-roamed-indian-708894.html

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Ostriches could be found in India 25,000 years ago, new DNA study reveals

Geologists and archaeologists have found ostrich egg shell pieces in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh

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Press Trust of India  |  Hyderabad Last Updated at March 14, 2017 04:13 IST

Ostrich, the flightless bird native to Africa, inhabited India about 25,000 years ago, a study conducted by the Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) here has found.

Though it is native to Africa, several geologists and archaeologists have over the time found ostrich egg shell pieces in India, mostly in Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh.

A DNA study of some partly fossilised ostrich egg shells was recently conducted at CCMB.

“We have successfully analysed the ostrich egg shells in our ‘ancient DNA’ facility and established that the egg shells (found in India) are genetically similar to the African ostrich,” CCMB’s senior principal scientist Kumarasamy Thangaraj had said recently.

“The carbon dating (of the ostrich egg shells) to determine the age shows that they are at least 25,000 years old,” Thangaraj had said.

The study was conducted jointly by the scientists of CCMB, Indian Institute of Technology (Roorkee) and others.

The findings of the research have been published in the March 9, 2017, issue of science journal PLOS ONE.

The origin and evolution of the ostrich is widely attributed to the continental drifting of Gondwanaland or Gondwana.

Around 150 million years ago, Gondwana was a super-continent comprising South America, Arabia, Africa, Australia, Antarctica, India and Madagascar of the present times.

An initial break-up of this super-continent (during the Early Cretaceous period – 130 to 100 million years ago) separated Africa and Indo-Madagascar.

This bio-geographical dispersion eventually led to the hopping of ostriches in Africa through Eurasia (the combined continental landmass of Europe and Asia), via land route around 20 million years ago.

However, the continental drift theory for the existence of ostriches in India was not proven scientifically, an official release said.

Further, only morphological pattern of the fragile egg shell pieces is not sufficient to prove the existence of ostrich in India.

The researchers thus analysed the mitochondrial DNA to come to the conclusion about the existence of ostriches in India, the release added.

Phylogenetic (relating to the evolutionary development and diversification of a species or group of organisms, or of a particular feature of an organism) analysis of the DNA sequence revealed a 92 per cent identity of the fossil egg shells to the African ostrich species – Struthio camelus, the release further said.

tags- ostrich, rigveda, dhadigravan, horse bird 

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