Ancient Egyptian Art reveals more about Animal Extinction

September 9, 2014 12:41 PM

29 0

Ancient Egyptian Art reveals more about Animal Extinction

Around 6,000 years ago, there were 37 species of large-bodied mammals in Egypt, but only eight species remain today. A new study has helped scientists create a 6,000-year record of local mammal extinctions among the species recorded in artwork from the late Predynastic Period (before 3,100 BC). These artifacts include lions, giraffes, wildebeests and other creatures.

The research was published on Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is based on records compiled by zoologist Dale Osborn, whose 1998 book "The Mammals of Ancient Egypt" provides a detailed picture of the region's historical animal communities.

Read more

To category page

Loading...