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Dinosaurs, megafauna, and prehistoric life

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Renamed this thread slightly, so it's less dinosaur-centric. :)




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Technically, I suppose this article (see below) is not about "prehistoric life" in that it actually is about life depicted in historical accounts. However, since it focuses on one of the very earliest of historic accounts, I will bend the rules a little to place the article in this thread.



Gorgeous Egyptian Art From 4,600 Years Ago Is Now Thought to Reveal an Extinct Goose





(Science Alert) Artwork that had adorned the walls of an Egyptian prince's tomb for more than four millennia has been found to contain images of a bird completely unknown to modern science - until now.


Although archaeologists have been eyeing the representations of local waterfowl since the fresco's discovery at the dig site of Meidum in 1871, it's taken an evolutionary biologist's clever taxonomic sleuthing to see the birds for what they really were.


Last year Anthony Romilio from the University of Queensland in Australia took a closer look at the six birds represented in a famous piece known as the Meidum Geese, a 4,600-year-old painting historians describe as "one of the great masterpieces of the Egyptian animal genre".


In spite of centuries of scrutiny, and the fact it holds a place in history as the oldest recording of birds with enough detail to nail down a species, the precise identity of most of those species has never been agreed upon.


Now it appears it could be because one of them couldn't be found in any ornithology books.

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