X-rays expose what historical animal mummies preserve under wraps

Egyptian animal mummies can glance like little much more than bundles of cloth. Now superior-tech X-rays have unveiled the mysterious everyday living histories of three of these mummies — a cat, a chook and a snake.

Although 2-D X-rays of every single specimen existed, minimal info existed past generic animal labels. So Richard Johnston, an engineer at Swansea University in Wales, and his colleagues applied a microCT scanner to see what lies beneath the wraps of animal mummies at the university’s Museum of Egyptian Antiquities.

The mummified cat’s head (observed in this 3-D design created from microCT information) was divided
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