The boundary-less nature of natural history

S Rangaswami
The term ‘natural history’ is a translation of the Greek word ‘Historia’ meaning ‘a passionate, disinterested inquiry’ (Russell). It is in this sense that Herodotus (4th Century BC) wrote his ‘Historia’.

Amphibians – neglected denizens of the animal world

Varad Giri
Amphibians – frogs, toads, salamanders, newts and caecilians are animals that are indicators of the health of the ecosystem. Yet, amphibians are among the most ‘neglected’ groups of vertebrates and the reason partly lies in the definition of this term ‘amphibian’.

Climate change, first-hand

Suhel Quader and Uttara Mendiratta
The natural world is changing in many ways. Habitats fragment and disappear, humans hunt species to rarity and then extinction, plants and animals brought from different parts of the globe invade new habitats and endanger native species;


Preston Ahimaz
Many of us find spiders frightful: hairy, repulsive creatures which give us the creeps.

Sparrows – a disappearing act

Mohammed Dilawar
It has been said that birds can exist without man but that man will perish without birds. Birds perform important ecosystem processes, particularly, pollination and seed dispersal.