Researchers got a glimpse into the past, examining 13 mummified Egyptian critters from more than 2,000 years ago in a single CT scan.
Thirteen creatures, including a crocodile, three fish, two cats, a rat, five birds and a scarab beetle, were first observed in Amsterdam using a computed tomography, or CT, scan.
“Between the seventh century BC and the second century AD, animal mummies were in circulation,” said Ben van den Berken, curator of the Allard Pearson Museum. a Dutch newspaper report.
Scarab beetles and crocodiles were revered in ancient Egypt as symbols of Khepri, a deity associated with the rising sun, and Sobek, a complex god associated with fertility and martial power.
The alligator has never been removed from its bandages – and with a CT scan, it doesn’t have to be.
According to the report, CT technician Nick Lobe said, “With the high-resolution imaging … we can really see everything.”