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."
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