|Pectoral with the throne name of Tutankhamun|
One accepts (with the ancient Egyptians), that these varieties are only male beetles, that they put down their seed substance (semen) which forms a ball and the beetle rolls it forward with its widely spaced hind legs so that the beetle imitates the path of the sun as it went down in the west and rose in the east in the mornings.Recent scientific research indicates that these beetles use the top of their dung balls to check their progress in relation to the position of the sun (even doing a little "dance"). So the observant Egyptians were right on track in associating them with the sun god!
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