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The ancient Egyptian painting shows an extinct goose

Researchers from the University of Queensland examined a 4,600-year-old Egyptian painting. During the examination, a spotted goose show. The scientist Dr. Anthony Romelio noticed a strange and beautiful bird, in contrast to the modern red-breasted geese that had distinct and bold colors and patterns on its face, body, chest, wings and legs. The painting is called “Middle Geese” and was discovered in the late nineteenth century.

While The drawing It has been studied for generations, and no one realized that it depicted an unknown type of geese. The researcher says that artistic freedom could explain some of the differences between geese in the picture and the contemporary Brotherhood. However, other artwork from the site provided extremely realistic images of birds and other mammals.

The scientist was specific in saying that no bones of modern red-breasted geese have been found at any Egyptian archaeological site. However, similar and mismatched bird bones have been found on Crete. The artwork is the only documentation of this distinctive carved goose that appears to have gone extinct globally. Extinct animals have been identified previously in ancient art, but not all species have been scientifically confirmed.

Romelio points out that Egypt was not always mostly desert, and in the past it had a biological diverse history that was rich in now extinct species. In the ancient past, the desert was green and covered with grasslands, lakes, and woodland housing a variety of animal species, many of which were depicted in tombs and temples.

The artwork examined in this case is taken from the Tomb of Nefermatt and Itt in the center and is now in the Museum of Egyptian Antiquities in Cairo. Ancient Egyptian artworks also showed the ancestor of modern cattle known as the orush and previously unknown forms of gazelle, oryx, antelope and donkeys.

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