• Bird Mummies and Genetic Diversity

    5 days ago - By Ornithology

    Between 650 and 250 BC the Egyptians killed and mummified Sacred Ibises as sacrifices to Thoth , the Egyptian god of the moon, learning, writing, languages, magic and wisdom. The bird played a significant role in religious practices and is found in many burial sites. They were killed by the millions in religious rites; Herodotus, the Greek historian writing in the fifth century B.C., noted that the secular killing of the Sacred Ibis, whether intentional or not, was punishable by death.
    Sacred Ibis
    At the archeological site of Saqquara , 1.75 million mummified ibises were discovered by...
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