Climate Change Turning Chilean Mummies into Black Ooze

March 10, 2015 7:52 PM

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Climate change has been linked to all sorts of phenomena, including sea level rise, ocean acidification and extreme drought, but now a bizarre new study shows that it is also turning Chilean mummies into a black ooze.

At least 2,000 years before the ancient Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs, a hunter-gatherer people called the Chinchorro living along the coast of modern-day Chile and Peru developed their own elaborate methods for mummifying community members. This practice was not just reserved for elites...

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