Mummified Egyptian cat

Micro-CT scan reconstruction of a mummified Egyptian cat around 8000 years old. Specimen courtesy of Richard Sabin, Zoology Department, Natural History Museum.

The technique enables us to learn valuable insights about old or fragile specimens without damaging them.

Using volume graphics VG Studio MAX software it was possible to virtually dissect a computer reconstruction of the cat mummy. The dissection revealed that the cat was approximately 16 months old when it died and was killed by fracturing of the neck.


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