Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.


Egyptian tombs depict seldom-seen creatures

Image enhancement showed that what was thought to be a hawk carrying an egg is in fact a vulture with a symbol called an ankh.

Image enhancement revealed that this faded painting depicts not a hawk carrying an egg, as previously thought, but a vulture holding a symbol known as an ankh — a rare combination in the art of ancient Egypt. Credit: L. Evans & A. -L. Mourad/J. Archaeol. Sci. Reports

Access options

Rent or Buy article

Get time limited or full article access on ReadCube.


All prices are NET prices.

Nature 553, 253 (2018)




Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing


Quick links