Mummies provide a window into the traditions and rituals practiced by ancient cultures. Modern analyses on their bones, teeth, hair and preserved soft tissues can also provide information on the health conditions these ancient people experienced, as well as what type of food they ate. Here's the latest news on mummies and what analyses have revealed about their lives.
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Scientists blast claims of two 'alien' bodies that a journalist presented to Mexico's congress.
Chemical analyses have revealed the specific components ancient Egyptians used to embalm the dead, including exotic ingredients that were acquired through trading.
A new DNA analysis reveals that Ötzi the Iceman was genetically predisposed to male-pattern baldness, diabetes and obesity.
Archaeologists in Egypt found ancient mummification workshops — one for humans and one for animals — at Saqqara.
A look at 21 ancient Egyptian mummified children reveals that one-third of them had a blood disorder known as anemia.
A new analysis of a mummified "mermaid" found in a Japanese temple has revealed exactly what it is made from, and it's not what scientists thought.
A workshop discovered in Saqqara showcases the different ingredients ancient Egyptians used for embalming.
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A deep dive into "bog bodies" reveals that this practice started in southern Scandinavia during the Neolithic and spread throughout Northern Europe.
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