Ancient Egyptians documented animal extinctions

September 9, 2014 10:30 PM

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Ancient Egyptians documented animal extinctions

Among the animals depicted in the paintings of Egypt's Predynastic Period, the period prior to 3,100 BCE, are lions, wild dogs, elephants, oryx, hartebeest, and giraffe. This art is not only beautiful, but scientifically valuable.

Using Egyptian art, researchers at the University of Bristol, in the United Kingdom, were able to fill in gaps in the ecological timeline -- a timeline, that until now, has been primarily informed by paleontological evidence.

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