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Roberto Velazquez, an archaeologist in Mexico, has spent a lifetime recreating the pre-Columbian sounds of so-called "Whistles of Death." The instruments have often been found in the hands of the dead, leading some to think they were played before human sacrifices. But healers may have used them to put people into trances in an effort to treat illness. Either way, the whistles make an amazing racket.

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In answer to Tricia's question: The Golden Eagle is primarily a northern hemisphere species, but there is a population in eastern Africa. A lion could have interacted one in the wild.

Can I be the official BPP consulting ornithologist even if I'm not really an ornithologist?

Sent by Dave Wiley | 4:02 PM | 7-1-2008