The tiny mummy at Maidstone Museum Maidstone Museum PAUL DIXON at APACHE STUDIOS apachestudios.couk
Experts in the U.K. were stunned recently when a tiny Egyptian mummy, long thought to be the remains of a hawk, was revealed to be a human baby.
The ancient mummy, which is part of the Maidstone Museum s collection, underwent a Computerized Tomography CT scan at the Kent Institute of Medicine and Surgery KIMS .
Following the scans at KIMS Hospital, the remains were in fact revealed to be the mummy of a baby, said Samantha Harris, the Collections Manager at Maidstone Museum, in a statement.
Initial reviews identified the baby to be a miscarried c.20-week gestation foetus which, if found to be the case, will be one of the youngest human mummies recorded anywhere in the world.
The CT scan gave experts the opportunity to study the mummy, which could be 2,300 years old, without damaging it.