In Egypt, found the mummy of a young man without a brain. How could this happen?

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2020-06-09 01:00:10

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In Egypt, found the mummy of a young man without a brain. How could this happen?

Perhaps the child belonged to one of the rulers of Egypt

Ancient Egypt is full of secrets, the disclosure of which scientists make a terrible discovery. In 2018, experts said the details of an unusual exhibit of the Museum of the city of Maidstone — there were 2100-year-old mummy, but she was too small in size for embalmed body person. Due to the fact that the mummy was a depiction of a Falcon, historians have assumed that we are dealing with a mummified body of some birds. This would not be anything surprising because the ancient Egyptians with great respect, buried the cats, crocodiles and even beetles. However, after studying the historical object using computed tomography, allowing no opening to see the inside of objects, the scientists are horrified to find out that the mummy belongs to a stillborn baby without a brain.

Stillborn baby

According to reports , the child was born in the 28th week of pregnancy, then the average duration of this process is 38 weeks. Have a prematurely born boy was discovered serious problems with the spine and abnormal structure of the skull. According to studying the structure of people anthropologist Andrew Nelson (Andrew Nelson), the upper part of the head was poorly formed, and the ears of the boy were at the back. Also the mummies were signs of cleft lip.

Studied the structure of the body of the mummy, the scientists came to the conclusion that the baby died in the womb due to anencephaly. The so-called handicap of the child which can develop at 11-12 weeks of pregnancy mother. It is characterized by complete or partial absence of the brain and certain areas of the skull. In the case described the infant brain has an extreme degree of underdevelopment.

Scientists were so confident that found embalmed animal that the Museum exhibit was kept with the title "Mummified hawk EA 493"

Judging by the fact that the stillborn child was embalmed, parents treated him special. According to Andrew Nelson, the mother and father was extremely difficult to lose future son, and knowing how scary he looked, could have a greater impact on their emotional state. Instead of trying to bury the baby under the floor of the house or observing other ancient traditions, the parents decided to mummify, and in ancient Egypt this was given only to very important personalities like the pharaohs.

Under layers of bandages were stored is clearly not the skeleton of a bird

According to the researchers, abnormal development of the child could arise from the fact that his mother's diet lacked folic acid. This vitamin is responsible for the development of the neural tube is the rudiment of the Central nervous system of many animals. The nervous system was poorly developed, hence, the brain is not properly formed.

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Such discoveries are very rare — at the moment it is only the eighth stillborn child, turned into a mummy. In the history of science, scientists were able to find only two of the mummified fetus with anencephaly. the first was found in 1826, and since then has passed almost two centuries. And the second mummified foetus — this, which is referred to in this article.

So, at the moment about an unusual discovery of two known fact. First, the embalming of the body was exposed not a bird, and the baby. Second, this child was underdeveloped and died before his birth. But scientists are still questions. For example, why the surface of the mummies were decorated with the image of the Egyptian God Horus, who is always painted with a Falcon head? This God was the patron of the Royal house of Pharaoh, so we can assume that the father of a stillborn child .

God of the mountain in the view of the modern artist

As mentioned above, in addition to people in Ancient Egypt mummified animals. In 2019 the French scientists were able to look inside embalmed cats in an x-ray and 3D and find out what's under the layers of bandages no cat skulls. They suggested that the heads were used during rituals, and all the rest of the body was mummified as a thank you for "service". Read more about this one .

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