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Egyptian cat mummy has 3 tails and 5 hind legs

November 6, 2019 | Comment icon 9 comments



Two examples of ancient Egyptian animal mummies. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 Mario Sanchez
New CT scans of an ancient mummified cat dating back 2,500 years have revealed something rather unexpected.
During the time of the ancient Egyptians, the domestic cat was held in the highest esteem. Many people worshipped them as the living incarnation of the half-feline, half-woman Goddess Bastet.

As such, many cats were mummified when they died in much the same way as the pharoahs.

Archaeologists have uncovered several dozen examples of mummified cats over the years and it is believed that the Egyptians may have mummified more than 70 million animals in total.

Recently a 2,500-year-old cat mummy that had been kept at the Museum of Fine Arts in Rennes, France underwent a computerized tomography (CT) scan to find out what lay inside.
What researchers found beneath the wrappings came as quite a surprise.

Instead of the bones of a single cat they found a hodgepodge of skeletal remains belonging to three individual cats. The skull had been substituted for a ball of fabric and although several other bones were missing, the mummy did contain three tails and five hind legs.

"There are millions of animal mummies, but few have been imaged," said Theophane Nicolas from the Institut national de recherches archeologiques preventives (INRAP). "Some are empty, others contain only one bone, sometimes the cat is complete. The mummy of Rennes is a variant."

"Some researchers believe that we are dealing with an ancient scam organised by unscrupulous priests, we believe on the contrary that there are innumerable ways to make animal mummies."

"We will know more once we have made a body of imagery, which joins a field of study that is developing on a global scale."

Source: Fox News | Comments (9)


Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Carnoferox 2 years ago
Well this brings a whole new meaning to CAT scan.
Comment icon #2 Posted by hetrodoxly 2 years ago
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.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Nnicolette 2 years ago
Is it possible that Egyptians ate the cats? I mean why would anyone do this?
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam 2 years ago
Suppose it saves on i individual wrappings. Looks like a devils head.
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison 2 years ago
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? 
Comment icon #6 Posted by AllPossible 2 years ago
That's a sculpture of my ex-wife. They predicted her 2,500 years ago. Impressive
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti 2 years ago
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.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam 2 years ago
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.   
Comment icon #9 Posted by DieChecker 2 years ago
Cats are fast. Maybe tails and back legs are all this priest could catch? 


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