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Mummies: A New Method For Analysis

06 May

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After death, some corpses mummify rather than decay. This more likely will happen in very dry environments but can happen in almost any circumstance. If the corpse dessicates (dries out) more quickly than it decays, mummified remains are produced. These corpses are leathery, dark brown, and appear as if the skin has been “shrink wrapped” over the bones. They also can be very difficult to analyze.

For years, rehydrating finger pads with water, glycerin, and some other liquids, has allowed investigators to obtain fingerprints from mummified corpses. Now it seems that Alejandro Hernandez has found a way to do this with an entire mummified corpse. Very interesting.

 

 

4 responses to “Mummies: A New Method For Analysis

  1. rubypjohnson

    May 6, 2013 at 8:32 am

    I always found the discovery of the well-preserved bodies in the Irish and Swedish bogs very interesting. It seems they have a very high acidity. But to rehydrate mummified bodies is a big discovery. Can’t understand why he doesn’t want to share his technic.

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    • D.P. Lyle, MD

      May 6, 2013 at 8:36 am

      Yes these so-called “Bog People”—sounds like a 1950s Sci-Fi movie—are fascinating.
      And when new techniques aren’t shared it raises several questions, some innocent and understandable, others less so. Maybe it’s a patentable technique? Maybe it’s proprietary to the institute or company? Maybe it’s a hoax. But as others look into these things the truth usually surfaces. We will see.

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  2. Cheryl B. Dale

    May 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Interesting!

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  3. Arun

    June 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

    I always found the discovery of the well-preserved bodies in the Irish and Swedish bogs very interesting. It seems they have a very high acidity. But to rehydrate mummified bodies is a big discovery. Can’t understand why he doesn’t want to share his technic.

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