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Historical architect Dr Jonathan Foyle, who worked with Mr Reader on the project, said the head and body were massively out of proportion.He said the reason for this could be that the Sphinx originally had an entirely different head - that of a lion.Egyptologists have long argued the monument outside Cairo, which has the head of a pharaoh and the body of a lion, was built soon after the first pyramid - around 4,500 years ago.The Great Sphinx's paws and head are out of proportion, suggesting there may have been an even larger, earlier statue which was adapted But geologist Colin Reader found that rain erosion on the Sphinx's enclosure suggests it was built many years before.Mr Reader concludes that the Sphinx is only several hundred years older than the traditionally accepted date believing the Sphinx to be a product of the Early Dynastic period.Independently, geologist David Coxill has also come forward to confirm in principle Schoch’s findings, but like Reader has taken a more conservative approach to the dating of the Sphinx.

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Schoch claims the amount of water erosion the Sphinx has experienced indicates a construction date no later than the 6th millennium BC or 5th millennium BC, at least two thousand years before the widely accepted construction date and 1,500 years prior to the accepted date for the beginning of Egyptian civilisation.

Mr Reader said the tomb would have been adapted and embellished by later inhabitants of the area.