COOL IMAGES: Mummy Unwrapped

Science  23 Jul 1999:
Vol. 285, Issue 5427, pp. 491a
DOI: 10.1126/science.285.5427.491a

Using computers rather than scalpels, a team of scientists at the University of Hamburg in Germany has dissected a 2300-year-old female Egyptian mummy. A decade ago the group began sliding the mummy into computer tomography scanners, then combining and coloring the resulting image slices. At their Virtual Mummy site, you can roll your mouse over the mummy's head and peel away layers, down to the resin that embalmers poured into the back of the skull. Also worthwhile, if grisly, are the team's vivid reconstructions of the Visible Human data set.

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