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Vulture-origins

Vultures in Egypt

A vulture is a scavenging bird of prey of which two types exist: the Old World vulture and the New World vulture. These two groups are polyphyletic with one another, and species within both bear the featherless or semi-bald head and neck that is a trademark of vultures.

During the Ptolemaic dynasty, vulture skulls were in demand in Egyptian markets and were worth 7 drachmae in 48 BCE.[1]

In 48 BCE, Actaeon, the Order of the Ancients member known by the cryptonym The Vulture was killed in Alexandria by Aya, as a revenge for the death of her son, Khemu.[1]

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