Friday, May 26, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Tumor found in ancient Roman skeleton

Posted on Thursday, 24 January, 2013 | Comment icon 10 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

Image credit:

Despite having died 1,600 years ago, evidence of one woman's condition can still be found in her remains.

The tumor is particularly unusual because researchers discovered several teeth embedded within it. Known today as an "ovarian teratoma", the tumor would have been benign but was capable of forming teeth, hair and other structures. It is unlikely that the woman knew that she had it and it is also quite possible that it had nothing to do with her death.

The discovery is being hailed as the first of its kind because this condition has never been observed in remains from this time period. "This is an extraordinary case, not only for its antiquity, but also its identification in the archeological record," wrote the research team.

"In a necropolis in Spain, archaeologists have found the remains of a Roman woman who died in her 30s with a calcified tumor in her pelvis, a bone and four deformed teeth embedded within it."

  View: Full article

 Source: Live Science

  Discuss: View comments (10)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Lady Kasey on 23 January, 2013, 14:36
Alien. Seriously, though, it sounds like it might've been a fetus that somehow turned into a tumor? Sounds kinda creepy, but that's the first thing that came to mind. Other than the alien thing.
Comment icon #2 Posted by Taun on 23 January, 2013, 14:40
They are called Teratomas and they are not totally unheard of... (pretty gross though...) A teratoma is an encapsulated tumor with tissue or organ components resembling normal derivatives of all three germ layers. The tissues of a teratoma, although normal in themselves, may be quite different from surrounding tissues and may be highly disparate; teratomas have been reported to contain hair, teeth, bone and, very rarely, more complex organs or processes such as eyes,[1][2] torso,[3][4] and hands, feet, or other limbs.[5]
Comment icon #3 Posted by wolfknight on 23 January, 2013, 16:22
That is really wired. But the teeth to strange
Comment icon #4 Posted by WoIverine on 24 January, 2013, 16:04
In before someone else says, "It's notta toomah!"
Comment icon #5 Posted by NikkiAidyn on 24 January, 2013, 19:26
I can't believe they grow teeth. Ewh
Comment icon #6 Posted by bnnwbb on 24 January, 2013, 19:53
Having worked in pathology i can verify they are more common than you think and they are weird to look at LOL but very cool at the same time...
Comment icon #7 Posted by WoIverine on 24 January, 2013, 20:49
Having worked in pathology i can verify they are more common than you think and they are weird to look at LOL but very cool at the same time... I think I'll just have to take your word for that. lol
Comment icon #8 Posted by moonshadow60 on 24 January, 2013, 22:20
It is speculated that a teratoma could be a resorbed twin, in which case teeth and hair would make sense, wouldn't it?
Comment icon #9 Posted by tipotep on 25 January, 2013, 0:46
It is speculated that a teratoma could be a resorbed twin, in which case teeth and hair would make sense, wouldn't it? Im not sure anything makes sense when discussing this topic ! TiP.
Comment icon #10 Posted by coolguy on 25 January, 2013, 4:46
Interesting that they even found this.

Please Login or Register to post a comment.

  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:


Ancient sea monster was the size of a bus
Palaeontologists in Russia have discovered a huge new sea creature that lived 130 million years ago.
Mystery surrounds 'SOS' in Australian outback
Police in Western Australia have been investigating a large 'SOS' sign discovered in a remote area.
NASA to probe $10,000 quadrillion asteroid
The iron-rich asteroid 16 Psyche is so valuable that, if mined, it would collapse the global economy.
Was Marilyn Monroe killed over a UFO leak ?
A controversial new documentary claims that Monroe was murdered because she knew too much about UFOs.
Other news in this category
Man finds Viking treasure with metal detector
Posted 5-21-2017 | 20 comments
Derek McLennan earned almost $2.6 million after unearthing a horde of 10th-century Viking artefacts....
Antikythera Mechanism mystery turns 115
Posted 5-17-2017 | 11 comments
It has been over a century since the ancient device was found in a shipwreck off the coast of Greece....
Burial chamber of Egyptian princess found
Posted 5-14-2017 | 15 comments
Archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery inside a 3,800-year-old pyramid in Dahshur, Egypt....
Did the biblical Tower of Babel really exist ?
Posted 5-12-2017 | 30 comments
A stone tablet discovered 100 years ago in Babylon may confirm the existence of the Tower of Babel....
Did Vikings bury, cremate 'dead' houses ?
Posted 4-30-2017 | 2 comments
There is evidence to suggest that Viking longhouses were 'buried' by being covered in mounds of Earth....
Ancient carvings confirm deadly comet strike
Posted 4-21-2017 | 837 comments
Symbols found at Gobekli Tepe seem to confirm that a comet struck the Earth in the year 10,950 B.C....
Mystery Leonardo da Vinci 'relics' discovered
Posted 4-21-2017 | 3 comments
Researchers in Italy have located two undisclosed 'relics' that once belonged to da Vinci himself....
Five 'lost' archbishops found beneath church
Posted 4-16-2017 | 6 comments
The remains of five former Archbishops of Canterbury have been unearthed under a medieval parish church....
Ancient Americans set up 'feather factories'
Posted 4-15-2017 | 2 comments
Ancient Native Americans valued macaw feathers so highly that they went to great lengths to farm them....
Medieval villagers feared the walking dead
Posted 4-3-2017 | 10 comments
The residents of Wharram Percy once burnt the bodies of the deceased to stop them turning in to zombies....
Statue of King Tut's grandmother unearthed
Posted 3-29-2017 | 1 comment
A rare alabaster carving of Queen Tiye has been discovered along the west bank of the River Nile....

 View: More news in this category
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 © 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ