Egyptian Artifacts Reveal Ecological Collapse and Mammal Extinctions Over 6000 Years of History

September 9, 2014 12:11 PM

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Scientists have learned a bit more about Egypt's ancient ecological past by examining depictions of animals in ancient Egyptian artifacts. Now, researchers have announced that species extinctions probably made the ecosystem progressively less stable over time.

About six millennia ago, there was about 37 species of large-bodied mammals in Egypt, including lions, wild dogs, elephants, oryx, hartebeest and giraffe. Today, though, only eight of these species remain.

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