Climate change risks turning world's oldest mummies to 'black ooze'

March 9, 2015 9:15 PM

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Some 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.

The Chinchorro were unique in many ways, but perhaps most of all in their burial practices. Several thousands of years before the Egyptians, they were mummifying their dead - creating the oldest known mummies on Earth - and doing so in a truly equal fashion. "Whereas the Egyptians considered only ki...

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