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'Meidum Geese’ – painted plaster, the Chapel of Itet, Meidum, Egypt  c. 2575–2551 BC © C K Wilkinson

Does this ancient Egyptian fresco depict an...

Mon, 31/05/2021
When ancient Egyptian artists painted strange but lifelike geese on the side a tomb 4,600 years ago, they could never have expected they would become the subject of rigorous modern scientific study. But are these geese an extinct species, or just a flight of artistic fancy? We ask the experts.
No photographs of a live Cryptic Treehunter have been made public. Above, the similar looking Alagoas Foliage-gleaner © Ciro Albano

Cryptic by name, cryptic by nature

Thu, 22/12/2016
The Cryptic Treehunter is so elusive, researchers are not even sure it still exists anymore. What other species are we losing before they can even be discovered?