Egyptians Kept Animal Extinction on Record

September 9, 2014 4:45 PM

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By studying ancient Egyptian artifacts and records, experts have been able to trace the increasing instability of the Nile Valley ecosystem as far back as 6,000 years ago, blaming human population growth, human activity, and yes, even climate change, for the extinction of many large mammals.

According to the study, nearly six millennia ago there were 37 different species of large-bodied mammals plodding around Egypt - that's nearly five times today's grand total of only eight.

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