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.
The mummy of a child discovered in a crypt beneath a Lithuanian church harbors the oldest sample found to date of the virus that causes smallpox, a new report said.
High-resolution scans of a sizable Egyptian crocodile mummy revealed unexpected stowaways that the croc had literally been keeping under wraps for 2,000 years.
Under a mummified crocodile's bandages hid dozens of baby crocodiles, each one individually swaddled.
Proteins from the mummies' skin and muscle samples show the people likely had cancer, lung infections and other diseases.
An Egyptian mummy's head and face have been reconstructed with forensic science and 3D printing, offering scientists a tantalizing glimpse of the individual's life and death.
Ötzi the Iceman, a stunningly preserved mummy found in the Alps, sported an animal-heavy outfit that utilized multiple species, new genetic data reveals.
A Live Science investigation found that not only were these horrific events happening but that an enormous amount of potentially looted Egyptian artifacts had made their way into the United States.
About 99 million years ago, two bizarre spiders — each sporting hard, armored plates on their bodies and horns on their fangs — became mummified in sticky tree resin that turned into amber.
A miniature coffin discovered more than a century ago holds the remains of the youngest Egyptian ever embalmed as a mummy on record, researchers in England said.
King Tut is the only 18th Dynasty pharaoh whose mummy has been identified with certainty, says a new analysis.
A stash of 1,900-year-old Egyptian mummy paintings that sat mostly undisturbed for 100 years is helping researchers understand how ancient artists used a fashionable pigment called Egyptian blue.