Warsaw Mummy Project archaeologists discover the first pregnant mummy in history. At first the mummy was identified as that of a male priest named Hor-Djehuty, but subsequent, tomograph and X-rays, showed it was instead a woman.
Researchers noticed a small foot in the abdomen of the mummy, so they were able to visualize the entire fetus, about 26-28 weeks. The archaeologists therefore prepared a 3D visualization of the body that clearly showed the long, curly hair and the mummified breast, and today they believe that the woman was between the ages of 20 and 30 and that she was of high rank.
For reasons unknown to date, the fetus was not removed from the abdomen during the mummification, but for this very reason - the scientists specify - the mummy is truly unique. In fact, she is currently the only one identified with a fetus in the womb.
However, the sex of the child is not yet known. According to the reconstructions, this was brought to Poland in the nineteenth century and for a long time it was believed that inside the coffin there was actually a woman, thus documented in the literature of the time.
When scientists deciphered the hieroglyphs on the coffin that clearly indicated its owner, the priest Hor-Djehuty, it was concluded that the coffin contained her remains. In 2016, when the mummy appeared to the eyes of archaeologists rather delicate for being a man.
But above all, from a first more in-depth analysis, the absence of the penis was discovered.
Thousands of DDT barrels discovered in the depths of California
Institution of Oceanography of the University of San Diego discovered between Santa Catalina Island and the Los Angeles coast thousands of DDT barrels discovered in the depths of California.
They were found over 27,000 barrels that appear to contain DDT. Eric Terrill, chief scientist of the expedition and director of the Marine Physical Laboratory at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, said: "Unfortunately, the Los Angeles basin has been an industrial waste dump for several decades, starting in the 1930s.
We found a large sample of debris. With the mapping of the entire area in very high resolution, we hope that the data will give indications for developing strategies with which to address the potential impacts of dumping."
Already in 2011 and 2013, David Valentine, a professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, had discovered concentrated accumulations of DDT in the sediments of the same ocean region by intercepting 60 barrels on the sea floor.
Scientists have found high levels of DDT in water mammals including dolphins and sea lions, often the cause of cancer. An investigation by the Los Angeles Times found that shipping records from a disposal company supporting Montrose Chemical, a DDT company, show that 2,000 barrels of DDT-related sludge may have been spilled each month, from 1947 to 196, in a specific area designated and destined for landfill.