6,000-Year-Old Egyptian Cave Art Reveals Insight into Mammal Extinction in Nile Valley

September 9, 2014 11:29 AM

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6,000-Year-Old Egyptian Cave Art Reveals Insight into Mammal Extinction in Nile Valley

Ancient Egyptian cave art depicting animals has helped archaeologists piece together a record of the large mammals that lived in the Nile Valley over the past 6,000 years.

Now, a new analysis of the record shows that species extinctions, likely caused by a growing human population and drying climate, have made the ecosystem progressively less stable.

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