World's Oldest Mummies Are Turning Into 'Black Ooze.' Is Climate Change To Blame?

March 11, 2015 8:27 AM

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World's Oldest Mummies Are Turning Into 'Black Ooze.' Is Climate Change To Blame?

After remaining perfectly preserved for 7,000 years, the world’s oldest mummies have started to rot and “turn into black ooze.” The culprit, scientists say, may be climate change.

The Chinchorro, a hunter-gatherer people who lived millennia ago in modern-day Chile and Peru, began mummifying their dead at least 2,000 years before the ancient Egyptians. According to Harvard University, some of the Chinchorro mummies date back to about 5050 B.C., making them the oldest mummies o...

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