X-ray of Yde Girl mummy showing spinal scoliosis

X-ray of Yde Girl mummy showing spinal scoliosis

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Credit: DRENTS MUSEUM, HOLLAND/MUNOZ-YAGUE/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Yde Girl. X-ray of the the mummified head and body of Yde Girl, a "bog body" dated 170 BC to 230 AD. Her well-preserved spine shows lateral curvature (centre to lower centre), a deformity known as scoliosis. This girl aged about 16 years was discovered in 1897 in a bog near Yde, province of Drenthe, Netherlands. She had the right half of her hair cropped and met a violent death by strangulation. With the body was the remains of a worn woollen cloak. Many ancient bog bodies of northwest Europe met violent deaths by murder or religious sacrifice. Low temperature & oxygen, and high tannins in bogs led to the mummification.

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Keywords: anthropology, bog body, fossil man, hominid, hominids, hominin, mummy, palaeoanthropology, palaeontology, paleoanthropology, paleontology, scoliosis, x-ray, yde, yde girl

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