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    Extinct European Plants - What Was Silphium?

    According to some YouTube clips I've seen lately, there were a lot European plants that are now extinct.

    Silphium was used widely in Europe as a contraceptive.
    Makes me wonder what big pharma could do with it today?

    After much debate on tobacco in Egyptian mummies, it seems mummies from China and Europe also indicate an extinct form of "old world" tobacco.
    Although, it could have been traded from the Americas via Asia. I mean, does anyone really still believe Europe and the Americas were isolated from each other before Columbus? Just bullshit they taught us in school.

    Who knows how these plants went extinct?
    Perhaps over-use, or armies burning everything, or just the forest disappearing at some stage.
    Apparently even our garlic isn't the original garlic, which went extinct.

    A once common intoxicant from ancient Egypt was the Blue Lotus flower, which is just clinging on nowadays in the wild.

    Reminds me of the Voynich Manuscript, which has illustrations of currently known and unknown plants.

    But on Silphium, please see: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Silphium


    Some suggest it wasn't a singular plant at all, but a herbal mixture.
    Most however believe it was a once common plant that went extinct.

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    It is very possible that many of the greatest plant species have disappeared through over-foraging, just like animal breeds like the auroch.

    Also, in ancient times, Europe was covered by swamps and marches which have almost all been drained, so many species might have certainly disappeared du to this.

    The European ecosystem has changed very much in the last 3000 years - the Hercynian forest has completely disappeared.

    Do you have the list of the exctinct plants from that documentary?

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