Sunday, January 21, 2018
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news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.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: sxc.hu

 
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...) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teratoma 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:
Members:

6084494
260493
172606

 
Undersea 'Mordor' found off coast of Australia
1-20-2018
The 'Tolkienesque' landscape is made up of 26 underwater volcanoes buried beneath seabed sediment.
'Brother mummies' had different fathers
1-20-2018
Scientists have finally solved the mystery of the relationship between two 4,000-year-old mummies.
Saturn's moon Titan has its own sea level
1-19-2018
Just like the oceans here on Earth, Titan's hydrocarbon seas and lakes lie at an average elevation.
'Haunted' painting has sold in New Zealand
1-19-2018
An acrylic painting purchased from an antique store has earned itself something of a haunted reputation.
Other news in this category
'Brother mummies' had different fathers
Posted 1-20-2018 | 0 comments
Scientists have finally solved the mystery of the relationship between two 4,000-year-old mummies....
 
Is there an iron throne in the Great Pyramid?
Posted 1-17-2018 | 3 comments
Professor Giulio Magli believes that the pyramid may be home to a throne carved from the core of a meteorite....
 
Aztec epidemic mystery may have been solved
Posted 1-16-2018 | 5 comments
500 years ago, a deadly epidemic known as 'cocoliztli' killed nearly 80 per cent of the Aztec population....
 
Ancient stone carving may depict supernova
Posted 1-11-2018 | 12 comments
Scientists have identified what they believe to be the first known depiction of an exploding star....
 
Ancient model of the universe discovered
Posted 1-5-2018 | 7 comments
Archaeologists have unearthed a depiction of the mythical Aztec universe on the side of a volcano....
 
New group of ancient Native Americans found
Posted 1-3-2018 | 13 comments
Known as the ancient Beringians, this new group split from the founding population 20,000 years ago....
 
Roman Tantalus bowl was a practical joke
Posted 1-1-2018 | 0 comments
Researchers have identified what is thought to be the earliest known example of a physical practical joke....
 
Mummy discovered in unexplored Luxor tomb
Posted 12-10-2017 | 22 comments
Archaeologists have uncovered an unidentified mummy within a previously unexplored tomb near Luxor, Egypt....
 
'Santa's bone' dates back to time of St. Nick
Posted 12-6-2017 | 6 comments
Scientists have radiocarbon dated a small fragment of bone that may have belonged to Saint Nicholas....
 
How did the Indus thrive without rivers ?
Posted 12-4-2017 | 2 comments
The ancient Indus civilization had a novel solution to the lack of flowing water near its many villages....
 
Neolithic women were stronger than athletes
Posted 11-30-2017 | 27 comments
The arms of women who lived 7,000 years ago were stronger than those of today's elite Olympic rowers....
 

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