Racing to save the world’s oldest mummies

March 9, 2015 5:33 PM

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Racing to save the world’s oldest mummies

Scientist-detectives provide answers on decomposition

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 elaborate methods to mummify not just elites but the ordinary as well — men, women, children, even fetuses. ...

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