Were ancient Egyptian beasts wiped out by climate change? Inscriptions reveal horned hartebeest and oryx thrived before the pharaohs 

September 9, 2014 11:37 AM

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Rock inscriptions and tomb carvings have shed light on the large beasts that thrived in Egypt before they were wiped out around 6,000 years ago.

The etchings depict horned hartebeest and oryx, as well as other big mammals, that lived in the Nile Valley before its ecology changed dramatically, and the country became drier overall.

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