Researchers in Japan have begun a new study into a 300-year-old "mermaid mummy" to determine the exact origins of the gruesome remains.
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.
Researchers studying the fetus found inside a pregnant Egyptian mummy claim the developing baby was "pickled like an egg," but some scientists disagree.
Archaeologists have unearthed a mummy lying in a fetal position and bound by rope in Cajamarquilla, Peru.
Using genetic data, a forensic artist rebuilt the faces of three ancient Egyptian mummies, revealing each individual's likely appearance as a 25-year-old.
The partially mummified remains of an urbane Pompeii resident have been discovered in a tomb outside the city center.
Researchers have analyzed the mummified bodies of two extinct Ice Age lion cubs in unprecedented detail.
An astonishingly lifelike facial reconstruction reveals the face of an enigmatic mummy who may have been the biological father of the renowned pharaoh Tutankhamen.
A newly discovered instruction manual for embalming mummies in ancient Egypt contains the earliest known description of these mysterious techniques.
A man who died of constipation more than 1,000 years ago survived on just grasshoppers for months, his mummy has revealed.
High-energy X-ray scans of an intact Egyptian mummy mapped a detailed glimpse of the bones and objects inside.
Researchers scanned the mummified corpses of a cat, a snake and a bird, revealing the grim details of their deaths
An Egyptian woman who was mummified with her mouth open in a silent scream probably died of a heart attack, new research finds.
Mummification, or the process of preserving the dead, was once a widespread practice among many ancient societies.
A massive burial ground holding the remains of several high priests of ancient Egypt, along with their assistants, has been discovered in the northern part of the site of Tuna el-Gebel.