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The three cousins were looking for a lost goat. Instead, they stumbled upon a 2,000-year-old treasure trove of Biblical texts in caves near the Dead Sea, including the oldest written version of the Ten Commandments.
Since the 1946 blockbuster find, scholars have shifted ideas about the writers of the Dead Sea Scrolls, which include all but one of the books of the Hebrew canon (Christian Old Testament). Some of the writing appears to have been done much earlier than previously thought.
Clues: This mikveh (or ritual bathing pool) is believed by some to be evidence that the authors of the Dead Sea Scrolls were from a reclusive breakaway order known as the Essenes. Pictured at top, a Dominican priest reconstructs the text of a fragment of the Great Psalms Scroll. Read more.
A disappearing wonder? These glaciers tell more than a tale of awe and amazement. The giant ice mountains bring attention to the climate crisis the world is facing. “Take your photo, and the come back in five years and take another, so that you can see the difference that way I see it,” a park ranger tells us. Where is this glacier?
Struggle to hang on: Flying foxes are a threatened species—and they face threats from Australia’s urban infrastructure, from nets to barbed wire. Above, two caretakers—each with a flying fox draped on them—prepare a meal for recently orphaned pups. These creatures would normally be hanging on their mother, but under human care, they direct their affection toward people.
Careful: Watch what you look at after a natural disaster or some sea attack. Many times, the first photos on social media feature sharks. Nat Geo’s Tom Peschak knows this very well—often people misrepresent his very real shark photo (above). Here’s how he got this image.
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