Mummies of the Arctic regions

  • M. R. Zimmerman
Part of the The Man in the Ice book series (3262, volume 3)


Mummified bodies occasionally found in the frigid regions of the world include animals, such as mammoths in Alaska and seals in Antarctica, and Eskimos and Aleuts in Alaska, Canada and Greenland. The animal and Eskimo mummies are naturally frozen, while the Aleuts practiced artificial mummification. Tissue from such remains can be examined by dissection and rehydration in Ruffer’s solution (water, alcohol and sodium carbonate) for microscopic study, providing information on the evolution and prevalence of disease in these remote areas.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. R. Zimmerman
    • 1
  1. 1.The Mount Sinai Medical CenterNew YorkUSA

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