Mammoth Mummies Mysteries | History of Geology, Scientific American Blog Network

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One of the most iconic movie-monsters is without doubt the “mummy“, mostly from ancient Egypt and with human shape (despite the fact that thousands of animal mummies are known). Still today we are fascinated by the effort put into the preservation of these bodies, the ultimate victory above decay and death himself.

But there are not only artificial mummies. Natural mummies can be preserved in bog deposits, in tar pits, deep inside caves, glacier ice or permafrost – an environment too cold for an effective decomposition of organic matter.

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