Chinchorro Mummies Started Decomposing Due To Rising Humidity In Northern Chile

March 11, 2015 4:52 AM

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Chinchorro mummies which have been intact for thousands of years are falling prey to rising humidity levels in northern Chile. The Chinchorro mummies date as far as 5050 B.C., making them older than Egyptian mummies.

Soaring humidity has permitted microorganisms show on mummy skins to start decomposition which, if left uncontrolled, could decompose the 7000-year old artifacts, according to the NBC News. The mummies are remains of people who lived in northern parts of Chile and southern Peru. Specialists noticed ...

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