When the mummy was first uncovered decades ago, scientists thought the tiny body inside must have belonged to a hawk.
Mummifying a hawk wouldn’t have been unusual in Ancient Egypt. Hawks were associated with the god Horus, the god of the sky, hunting, and symbolic of Egypt itself.
The mummy was discovered long ago, back when there were no such things as medical scanning technology or the other equipment that archaeologists and researchers now use to piece together the past.
Back then, archaeologists decided it must have been a hawk based on its tiny size, but never opened the wrappings for fear of doing irreparable damage.
Today, thanks to the technology at our disposal, we can tell a lot more about mummies than we could in the past, from what they might have looked like in life to what their belongings were really made of.
A team of scientists at the Maidstone Museum in Kent, England, has been examining the tiny mummy, as well as the mummy of a young woman known as Ta-Kesh, and were able to learn some startling things about both of them.
They discovered that Ta-Kesh was not 14 when she died, as initially thought, but rather in her mid-twenties, and that she’d also been living with a spinal injury.
And when they scanned the tiny hawk mummy? They found it wasn’t a hawk at all, but a human.
In fact, it was the mummified remains of a miscarried baby who died at only about 20 weeks into the pregnancy, making this mummy the youngest human mummy ever recorded.
So who was this baby, anyway? Continue reading below to find out!
[H/T: Daily Mail]