The thylacine (pleistocene-1936)
Sky burial is a funeral practice in which a human corpse is placed on a mountaintop to decompose while exposed to the elements or to be eaten by scavenging animals, especially carrion birds.
For Tibetan Buddhists, sky burial and cremation are templates of instructional teaching on the impermanence of life. Jhator is considered an act of generosity on the part of the deceased, since the deceased and his/her surviving relatives are providing food to sustain living beings.
Funerary bed in the form of the sacred cow, from the Tomb of Tutankhamun (c.1370-52 BC) New Kingdom, c.1336-1327 BC (gilded & stuccoed wood)
“The cow goddess Mehit-Weret stands tall on the third bed, with the sun disc held between her horns. As the goddess of creation and the floods, two concepts which lay at the heart of Ancient Egyptian beliefs, her skin represents the starry sky with its patchwork appearance owing to trefoils of blue paste. She is also connected to rebirth and resurrection, thanks to her eyes, which are shaped like wedjats, the eyes of Horus.”