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Ancient Egyptian ibises were wild birds

Ancient Egyptian ibises were wild birds An analysis of ancient DNA extracted from the mummified remains of sacred ibises suggests ancient Egyptians captured the birds from the wild rather than farming them. In Australia, the white ibis is unceremoniously referred to as a bin chicken, for its propensity to scavenge scraps from rubbish bins. But in ancient Egypt, its relative, the sacred ibis (Threskiornis aethiopicus), was revered. It was seen as a living representation – or even physical manifestation –…

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