African Dung Beetle - National Geographic

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The ancient Egyptians observed Scarab beetles rolling the balls of dung, in which they lay their eggs, and bury underground.

They thought the sun was rolled around the sky in the same way, and like the ball of dung, the sun descended down into the under world each night.

As the ball of dung gave birth to another generation of beetles so the sun was reborn each morning bringing warmth and life to the earth.

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