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ARTICLE: Birds of the Near East: from symbol to reality

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According to research, 211 different bird species are depicted in paintings and other Egyptian artifacts from about 4000 BC through AD 395. Among the many species are quail, storks, hoopoes, kestrels, herons, martins and lapwings.

“According to modern science, birds are the descendants of the dinosaurs, but it’s quite a stretch to think of the huge lumbering beasts we see in museums and movies as the delicate creatures we see mostly perched on tree branches or soaring overhead. From time immemorial mankind has envied the bird’s ability to fly even as humans stole their eggs and killed them for food” – via Hurriyet Daily News.

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