Researchers announce world's first known case of pregnant mummy
Polish researchers announced the discovery of the world's first known case of a pregnant mummy on Wednesday.
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Polish researchers announced the discovery of the world’s first known case of an embalmed pregnant woman after initially believing the mummy was a male priest.
Researchers were surprised when examinations and X-rays revealed the true identity of the mummy first brought to Warsaw, Poland in 1826, the Associated Press reported.
“Our first surprise was that it has no penis, but instead it has breasts and long hair, and then we found out that it's a pregnant woman,” Marzena Ozarek-Szilke, an anthropologist and archeologist, told the Associated Press. “When we saw the little foot and then the little hand (of the fetus), we were really shocked.”
The mummy previously was believed to be a male priest due to the inscription on the coffin and was not examined until the Warsaw Mummy Project, an initiative to examine human and animal mummies from ancient Egypt at the National Museum in Warsaw that began in 2015.