Changing climate could be destroying some of the world's oldest mummies

March 10, 2015 12:16 PM

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Humidity levels and precipitation seem to be rising in the Atacama desert, which is famous for its dryness, and this is being blamed for the deterioration of the ancient mummies buried in the region.

Seven millennia ago or more, a group of people called the Chinchorro lived along the coasts of northern Chile and southern Peru. Their lives revolved around fishing from the rich Pacific waters, even as a uniquely arid desert - the Atacama - lay inland behind them.

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