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Egyptian cat mummy has 3 tails and 5 hind legs


Posted on Wednesday, 6 November, 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)

Tags: Egypt, Cat, Mummy

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Carnoferox on 5 November, 2019, 23:25
Well this brings a whole new meaning to CAT scan.
Comment icon #2 Posted by hetrodoxly on 5 November, 2019, 23:36
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 on 6 November, 2019, 5:37
Is it possible that Egyptians ate the cats? I mean why would anyone do this?
Comment icon #4 Posted by freetoroam on 6 November, 2019, 9:01
Suppose it saves on i individual wrappings. Looks like adevils head.
Comment icon #5 Posted by bison on 6 November, 2019, 20:25
Whatcategory 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 ofcatastrophe. If the burials with only one cat bone, or none at all, had beenrevealed to the people who arranged for a whole cat to be buried, would they have had a catfit?
Comment icon #6 Posted by AllPossible on 6 November, 2019, 21:59
That's a sculpture of my ex-wife. They predicted her 2,500 years ago. Impressive
Comment icon #7 Posted by MissJatti on 7 November, 2019, 6:32
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 bonesbelong to different cats.
Comment icon #8 Posted by freetoroam on 7 November, 2019, 8:16
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 on 7 November, 2019, 9:03
Cats are fast. Maybe tails and back legs are all this priest could catch?


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