Micro-CT scan of the male fetus. Image courtesy of Maidstone Museum and Nikon Metrology.
The researchers, led by bioarchaeologist and mummy expert Andrew Nelson, PhD, of Western University in Canada, examined high-resolution micro-CT scans of the mummy.
They found that it was a male fetus with several congenital health abnormalities, including anencephaly, a rare condition in which the brain and skull do not develop properly.
The fetus' previous label as a mummified hawk from the Ptolemaic Period has been changed to reflect this discovery at its home in the Maidstone Museum in the U.K.
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