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Ancient Egyptian bestiary: Lobsters
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Lobsters

spiny lobster     On their journeys to Punt the ancient Egyptians crossed the Red Sea, where many species otherwise unknown to them lived. The artists recording the Punt journey under Hatshepsut, depicted two of the spiny lobsters found in those waters.

Picture source: Dümichen, Johannes [Hrsg.], Die Flotte einer aegyptischen Koenigin aus dem XVII. Jahrhundert vor unserer Zeitrechnung und altaegyptisches Militair im festlichen Aufzuge auf einem Monumente aus derselben Zeit abgebildet: nebst einem Anhange enthaltend ... als ein Beitrag zur Geschichte der Schifffahrt und des Handels im Alterthume, Leipzig, 1868
 

 
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