Mummies discovered in a tomb close to the Nazca Lines in Peru early in 2017 are again in the news bulletin. This fresh finding made headlines as regardless of their human-like appearance, they had three fingers and toes and extended skulls.
Tissue samples from the mummy namely Maria show that it is not a human being. Russian geneticists from St. Petersburg tested the samples to decide the source of the mummy. It was resolute that the mummy dates back to the fifth century A.D.
Although having 23 chromosomes like humans, investigators have alleged that the mummy is like us. Investigators are also in the course of considering the outline of the chromosomes and amino acids to see if they’re like to those of humans.
One dissimilarity in its makeup to that of humans is its ribcage. It is keel-shaped in the higher area and made up of a handful of hemispherical ribs. This outline aided researchers to learn its inside organs.
Maria is not the only mummy that was examined by Russian scientists. After analysis of Maria, they learned the genome of a mummy namely Vavita, which was nine months old. Scientists judge that this may be the kid of the Maria mummy.
Carbon dating of each mummy revealed the diverse outcome. One analysis had the mummies as 6,500 years old, while a new test put them at about 4,000 years old.
Male mummies were also studied by the researchers. Those mummies are around 3 feet tall and also have three fingers with extended skulls. They've also omitted their nasal cavities and have no superciliary arches.
Anthropologists believe that the basis that the mummies were established with extended skulls was owing to the practice of artificial cranial twist, which was made to kids. This was skilled at binding children’s heads in fabric, rope, or timber boards.