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Florida Is Opening a New Body Farm
The Florida Forensic Institute for Research, Security and Tactical Training (FIRST) will be the seventh facility of its kind in the U.S.... READ ON
Are These the Skeletons of the First European Colonists in the U.S.?
Unearthed in St. Augustine, Florida, the remains may date back to the Spanish settlement of the city in the mid 16th century.... READ ON
How the Global Bird-Poop Trade Created a Traveling Mummy Craze
Bird poop has been a favored fertilizer for centuries—and, it turns out, is an excellent preserver of human flesh.... READ ON
15 Mummies You Can See Around the World
This list is for the more macabre among you.... READ ON
Skeleton of 19th-Century British Man Reveals He Wore a Corset
Medicine and fashion may have collided in this tuberculosis treatment.... READ ON
13 Mummified Facts about Ötzi the Iceman
In honor of the 25th anniversary of his discovery.... READ ON
Irish Teeth Reveal the Chemical Signature of the Great Famine
Researchers analyzed 20 sets of human remains from one of the many workhouses where entire families were institutionalized—and made to work long hours—as a "remedy" to poverty.... READ ON
A Brief History of Bog Bodies (and Butter)
The combination of cool climate and anoxic water in these northern bogs makes conditions right for long-term preservation.... READ ON
15 Intriguing Facts About the Antikythera Mechanism
This week, a team of researchers announced new insights about this singular artifact, which has fascinated the world for decades.... READ ON
13 Offbeat Ancient Recipes from Around the World
Porpoise porridge, anyone?... READ ON
Matchsticks Once Sickened and Deformed Women and Children
The ravages of "phossy jaw"—necrosis of the jaw bone caused by phosphorus poisoning—may have been discovered in a young teenager's remains.... READ ON
Just How Old Is C-Section Birth?
An 18th-century Hungarian woman made history this week—her mummified remains preserve the earliest direct evidence of C-section. Sadly, neither she nor her full-term son survived. Which raises the question: Just how old is C-section birth, and when did women and babies start surviving it?... READ ON
Mass Grave From War of 1812 Reveals First Evidence of Buckshot Wounds
The researchers used "proxy buttocks" made of pig parts to test the musket fire.... READ ON
6 Archaeological Finds Made by Badgers
Archaeology badger don’t care if it's mucking up our knowledge of the ancient past.... READ ON
6 Practical Ways Romans Used Human Urine and Feces in Daily Life
The emperor Vespasian reportedly defended his tax on urine by saying "pecunia non olet"—money doesn’t stink.... READ ON
Teeth and Bones from Ancient Rome Hold Clues to Migration and Slavery
Bioarchaeologist Kristina Killgrove writes for mental_floss about her research on skeletons from Rome, just published today.... READ ON
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