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The oldest images of this bird are forcing experts to rethink ancient trade routes

Researchers have discovered the oldest images of the Australasian cockatoo in a 13th century manuscript written by Holy Roman Emperor Frederick II. The drawings are 250 years older than the previously thought oldest depiction of the bird in an Italian painting, The Guardian reports. The birds depicted in the manuscript are thought to have been traded from Australia to Egypt and then brought to Europe. With this find, researchers speculate that trade routes during medieval times included Australia and the islands around it, suggesting that water trade routes near Australia were thriving in the 13th century.  

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