Adorable ancient sea cows once swam through now-bone dry Egyptian desert

About 40 million years ago, a gentle marine giant glided through the water in what is now a bone-dry desert in Egypt, according to new research.

The study suggests that during the late Eocene, about 40 million to 35 million years ago, Egypt’s Eastern Desert was home to the ancient relatives of manatees (also endearingly called sea cows) and dugongs.

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