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Snake venoms are remarkably complex mixtures that can stun or kill prey within minutes. But more and more researchers...
At age 30, Dutch biologist Freek Vonk has built up a respectable career as a snake scientist. But in his home country,...
Since arriving on the island of Guam in the 1940s, the brown tree snake ( Boiga irregularis ) has extirpated native...
An animal rights group known as the Nonhuman Rights Project filed lawsuits in three New York courts this week in an...
Researchers have been hot on the trail of the elusive Denisovans, a type of ancient human known only by their DNA and...
Thousands of scientists in the Russian Academy of Sciences (RAS) are about to lose their jobs as a result of the...
Dyslexia, a learning disability that hinders reading, hasn't been associated with deficits in vision, hearing, or...
Exotic, elusive, and dangerous, snakes have fascinated humankind for millennia. They can be hard to find, yet their...
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ScienceShot: Tracking the World’s Everlasting Dead
18 September 2013 2:45 pm
What has become of the world’s once privately owned mummies? Many of the European and American tourists who purchased the ancient linen-wrapped dead as souvenirs from Egypt in the 1800s were unable or unwilling to care for them and later donated them to local museums and other institutions. The Mummipedia Project, announced in August, aims to find them. With the goal of “a page for every mummy on Earth,” bioarchaeologist Andrew Wade is asking volunteers to contribute information—such as where and when mummies were collected—from local museums, universities, and private collections. The two mummies from Thebes, Egypt, shown in these 3D reconstructions (left/right) and CT scan (center), now at the Redpath Museum in Montreal, Canada, are among the thousands of bodies in the database. Using Mummipedia, researchers will know where to find mummies from a particular Egyptian dynasty or from a specific ancient Peruvian culture and use them to study topics as diverse as the evolution of ancient parasites and the development of funerary practices.