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The Egyptian mummy of the bird turned out to be an ugly baby: the mortified fetus represented the head of a hawk

The Egyptian mummy of the bird turned out to be an ugly baby

The scientists made a terrible discovery after conducting a tomographic examination of the ancient Egyptian mummy. The specialists calculated its age, that is about 2100 years. And for many years, the archaeologists and researchers believed - that mummy was the remains of a mysterious, but very revered bird. The head of the mummy depicted a hawk, which only proved its status. But recently, a group of researchers received a permission to conduct a tomographic examination of an ancient mummy.

The results of tomography shocked the scientists. Inside it was not a bird, but the remains of an ugly baby. It was euthanized at approximately 28 weeks during fetal development. That mysterious mummy had been stored for many years in the Maidstone Museum in Kent, in England.


And even in the inventory list, it was listed as “Mummified Hawk EA 493”. The scientists understand why there are such explanations, because outwardly everything indicates that the mummy hid a bird in itself. The cusp was the perfect size for the bird. And on that leaf the hawk's head was also displayed. It was painted with gilding material.

Hieroglyphs that belonged to Horus, the God of the ancient Egyptians, who had contact with birds, including falcons, were also put on the sash. In addition, in a series of beliefs proving that the mummy hides the bird, frequent animal mummifications were considered traditional for that period.

Mummies were made from crocodiles, from cats, from kestrels, from a scarab beetle. That was a very common practice in ancient Egypt. When the mummy was scanned, in which the hawk was believed to be located, scientists were surprised at the first images, since the skeletonized remains had limbs similar to arms, and they were crossed on the chest. Since the scan was not detailed, the first guess of scientists was that there was a monkey inside the mummy.


But later, anthropologist Andrew Nelson from the Western University in London conducted an extremely high-resolution micro-CT scan. It turned out that the remains belong to the human male fetus between 22 and 28 weeks of pregnancy, with serious spinal anomalies and a rare birth defect that impedes the proper development of the brain and skull. But why the mummy was in the shape of a bird - that remains a mystery to science.