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A 2,500-year-old mummified Egyptian cat has been digitally dissected for the first time - and researchers were shocked to discover what was inside.

CT scans of the mummy, which resides in the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes, France, reveal that the ancient wrappings contain three tails and five hind legs.

There is a ball of textile in place of a head, according to the researchers from the French National Institute for Preventitive Archaeological Research (INRAP).

The Frankenstein-like creature is also missing vertebrae and ribs, suggesting that rather than a single cat, this is actually a mixture of several different felines. 

https://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-7650839/Ancient-Egyptian-cat-mummy-preserved-French-museum-three-tails-five-hind-legs.html

https://www.inrap.fr/voyage-dans-une-cybermomie-de-chat-au-musee-des-beaux-arts-de-rennes-14630?

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Carnoferox

Well this brings a whole new meaning to CAT scan.

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hetrodoxly

Was it a mummy or just a wrapped up build your own cat kit from Ikea, with the usual bit's missing and a couple of spares.

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Nnicolette

Is it possible that Egyptians ate the cats? I mean why would anyone do this?

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freetoroam

Suppose it saves on i individual wrappings.

arinsa_-_1_1.jpg?itok=PW9Ij-E1

Looks like a devils head.

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bison

What category of feline has three tails and five hind legs?!  It sounds as if the clowder of cats that went into that one mummy must have been in some kind of catastrophe. If the burials with only one cat bone, or none at all, had been revealed to the people who arranged for a whole cat to be buried, would they have had a catfit? 

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AllPossible

That's a sculpture of my ex-wife. They predicted her 2,500 years ago. Impressive

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MissJatti
21 hours ago, freetoroam said:

Suppose it saves on i individual wrappings.

arinsa_-_1_1.jpg?itok=PW9Ij-E1

Looks like a devils head.

I don't see anything other than bones, lots of bones

How can one tell how many hind legs there are in this image, or  them bones belong to different cats.

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freetoroam
1 hour ago, MissJatti said:

I don't see anything other than bones, lots of bones

How can one tell how many hind legs there are in this image, or  them bones belong to different cats.

They do something called volume reconstruction to count the numbers and determine what they are and they are the experts so can identify what is in there. 

Looks like a bundle of bones to me too,   what they are able to do is pretty amazing. 

 

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DieChecker

Cats are fast. Maybe tails and back legs are all this priest could catch? :lol:

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