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Pictures: Ancient Egypt Crocodile Mummies Revealed
nationalgeographic ^ | April 30, 2010

Posted on 06/06/2010 9:26:01 AM PDT by JoeProBono

There's a real crocodile behind that mask, according to new computed tomography (CT) scans of a 2,000-year-old Egyptian mummy (pictured). The 8-foot-long (2.4-meter-long) artifact—wrapped in once colorful linen and outfitted with a stylized mask—is one of two crocodile mummy bundles scanned this month at the Stanford School of Medicine in California.

Scans of the bundle above show a "mishmash of bony parts" from at least two Nile crocodiles, including two skulls, a shoulder bone, and possibly a femur, according to conservator Allison Lewis, a fellow at the Phoebe A. Hearst Museum of Anthropology in Berkeley, California, where the mummies are kept.

Their origins unknown, the mummy bundles were purchased by philanthropist Phoebe Hearst in Egypt at the turn of the 20th century. The artifacts were recently restored and studied before going on display this week in the museum's new exhibition, "Conservator's Art: Preserving Egypt's Past."

Mummifying animals was a common practice among ancient Egyptians, who embalmed thousands of crocodiles and buried them in mass graves as offerings to the crocodile god Sobek, according to the museum


TOPICS: Pets/Animals; Science
KEYWORDS: crocodile; godsgravesglyphs; jpb; mummies

Mask of the Mummy

3-D Crocodile Mummy

"Riding" atop the 5.5-foot-long (1.7-meter-long) unwrapped adult-crocodile mummy were more than 30 mummified babies. Riding a parent's back is a common form of locomotion for young Nile crocodiles, experts say.


1 posted on 06/06/2010 9:26:01 AM PDT by JoeProBono
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To: SunkenCiv

Mummy ping.


2 posted on 06/06/2010 9:28:45 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: JoeProBono

So they found Helen Thomas’ first husband?


3 posted on 06/06/2010 9:29:42 AM PDT by COBOL2Java (Obama is the least qualified guy in whatever room he walks into.)
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To: TheOldLady

4 posted on 06/06/2010 9:32:51 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

Croc Like An Egyptian


5 posted on 06/06/2010 9:33:38 AM PDT by mikrofon (** OBLIGATORY REFERENCE **)
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To: COBOL2Java

6 posted on 06/06/2010 9:35:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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7 posted on 06/06/2010 9:39:21 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

INSERT obligatory Bill Clinton comment: “That’s a good looking mummy”.


8 posted on 06/06/2010 9:39:25 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Political correctness in America today is a Rip Van Winkle acid trip.)
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To: Rebelbase

http://www.gargaro.com/sounds/Mummy.wav


9 posted on 06/06/2010 9:41:58 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono
Some things just aren't worth keeping around. ( ^: }
10 posted on 06/06/2010 10:20:54 AM PDT by YHAOS (you betcha!)
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11 posted on 06/06/2010 11:29:49 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: JoeProBono

That guy needs his mummy. And an Uzi.


12 posted on 06/06/2010 1:04:46 PM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 240B; 24Karet; ...

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Thanks TheOldLady.

In the case of crocodiles, ya better not forget the mummy's day card.

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13 posted on 06/06/2010 2:10:15 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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To: SunkenCiv

Zahi Hawass, with his toothy grin, “Thees are my peeple”


14 posted on 06/06/2010 2:17:59 PM PDT by bigheadfred (I said free association. Not freely associate.)
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To: JoeProBono; SunkenCiv

Ya know, I like a good mummy as much as th' next guy,
but this one reminds me too much of a certain other 'non-mummified'
individual who happens to share th' same house that I do.

15 posted on 06/06/2010 3:32:32 PM PDT by uglybiker (BACON!!)
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16 posted on 06/06/2010 3:36:35 PM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: SunkenCiv

Wow. I’m still learning new things all the time. Mummified crocodiles is a new one on me. So what other animals did the Egyptians mummify besides crocs and cats?


17 posted on 06/07/2010 12:31:09 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: SunkenCiv

And ibises. I forgot the ibises.


18 posted on 06/07/2010 12:31:39 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: TheOldLady; SunkenCiv

It wasn’t hip to mummify hippos because they’d get all wrapped up in cost issues over the tissues.


19 posted on 06/07/2010 6:22:21 AM PDT by wildbill (You're just jealous because the Voices talk only to me.)
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To: wildbill; SunkenCiv

Uh oh. We need a bigger vat.


20 posted on 06/07/2010 7:23:29 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: JoeProBono
I love this picture. Scary!


21 posted on 06/07/2010 7:25:21 AM PDT by TheOldLady
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To: JoeProBono
Them's pretty good eatin'!


22 posted on 06/07/2010 7:27:55 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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To: wildbill

Plus, everyone was glad when those fat bastards died. ;’)


23 posted on 06/07/2010 3:38:33 PM PDT by SunkenCiv ("Fools learn from experience. I prefer to learn from the experience of others." -- Otto von Bismarck)
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