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Foraminifera from the Egyptian pyramids

Foraminifera from the Egyptian pyramids

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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM, LONDON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

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Foraminifera from the Egyptian pyramids. These fossil shells of several types of Nummulites foraminifera are found in the Eocene limestone that makes up the pyramids at Giza, Egypt. Examples of these were shown to the Greek traveller and writer Strabo the Geographer (c.63 BC-21 AD). He was told that they were the petrified remains of the food eaten by those who built the pyramids. This gave rise to the terms Angels' Money and Slaves' Lentils. They are actually single-celled animals that lived on the sea-bed millions of years ago.

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