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Egyptian mummy genomes mapped

Researchers have analyzed ancient DNA obtained from mummies interred at Abusir el-Meleq in Egypt. Although many of the first extractions of ancient DNA were from mummified remains, scientists raised doubts as to whether genetic data, especially so-called nuclear genome data, from mummies would ever be reliable, even if it could be

Digital model of cat mummy created

Researchers using photogrammetry technology and a CAT scanner have digitally recreated in 3D a model of an Egyptian mummified cat. By blending the digital model of the mummified cat with the internal CAT scan, the team were able to create an ‘outside and in’ animation of the entire artefact. The scan revealed

Ancient Egyptian shroud rediscovered in Scotland

A 2,000-year-old Egyptian shroud has been rediscovered in the collections of Scotland's National Museums. Conservators gently humidified it so that the fibres became less dry and brittle. This allowed them to carefully unfold the shroud, a process which took almost 24 hours. A hieroglyphic inscription on the shroud revealed the identity of the

Mummified emains of Pleistocene puppy autopsied

The remains of a 12,400-year-old puppy found in the Siberian permafrost has undergone autopsy. The puppies died in a landslide, it is thought, and they were sealed in the permafrost leading to mummification. Archaeologist Alexander Kandyba, from the Institute of Archeology and Ethnography in Novosibirsk, obtained tools made of bone at

Colon-cancer gene found in 18th-century mummy

Analysis of a Hungarian mummy from the 18th century has found that he had a genetic predisposition to colorectal cancer. he modern plagues of obesity, physical inactivity and processed food have been definitively established as modern causes of colon cancer. Researchers have also associated a mutation of the Adenomatous polyposis coli