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When Vesuvius erupted nearly 2,000 years ago, the inhabitants of Pompeii were buried under ash, as were the flora and fauna.

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of a tortoise buried under ash and rocks, where it had lain since 79 AD, reports BBC.

Scientists have discovered the remains during excavations in the area of the city, which the ancient inhabitants were restoring after the earthquake that destroyed Pompeii in 62 AD. Experts say the fact it was found with an egg suggests it was killed while trying to find somewhere peaceful to lay its offspring.

Experts note that the find illustrates the richness of the natural ecosystem of Pompeii in the aftermath of the earthquake.

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