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Tales Mummies Tell
Tales Mummies Tell
Author: Patricia Lauber
ISBN-13: 9780590464086
ISBN-10: 0590464086
Publication Date: 11/1992
Pages: 117
Reading Level: Young Adult
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Publisher: Scholastic
Book Type: Paperback
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How can we be so sure of what ancient life was like? Largely because mummies have begun to "talk" to scientists. X-rays allow scientists to study mummies that have never been unwrapped! Scientists can examine the bones of a mummy and figure out the age at death, signs of disease, and fractures that healed. The teeth reveal information about diet and health. Sometimes a mummy offers a surprise. A mummy long thought to be the chlid of a high priestess turned out to be a baboon!