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Greek colonists in southern Sicily were the first to study the regular dodecahedron. In Sicily there was a lot of pyrite... and Pythagoreans!

Pythagoras of Samos
(about 582–507 BC)

The Pythagoreans, with their love of symmetry and geometry, may have invented the regular dodecahedron after seeing pyrite crystals - "perfecting" what nature showed them.

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