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Chiquita
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Chiquita
Age 1500 years old
Sex female
Status
Height inches in height
Source
Culture Native American
Date(s)
Site
Current Location
Location Wyoming
Catalog #
Infant

Biography "Chiquita" is a mummified infant dating back to 1500, who was discovered in 1934 in Wyoming. It has been believed to have been born with anencephaly around 500 years ago. Characteristics of this mummy show that it had blonde hair, and leathery skin. Following testing, the DNA of the mummy showed that it was of Native American decent.Edit

Mummification "Chiquita" was found sitting upright, legs crossed and arms folded around it's chest.Edit

Studies George Gill of the University of Wyoming was in touch with the family that were in possession of the mummy and requested permission to do testing. After examining the mummy, he thought it had signs of the rare birth defect, Anencephaly, which means the baby's brain and skull do not fully develop. Edit

Pathology Harry Shapiro of the American Museum of Natural History led a team of anthropologists that later confirmed the mummy did, in fact, have Anencephaly. Scientists have also used the similarities of another mummy called the "Pedro Mountain Mummy". The x-ray's of that mummy have been lost so scientists we're not able to examine it further. Edit

Additional Info Gill is hoping to re-open the research with Chiquita due to ongoing advances in the scientific field regarding DNA testing and sampling.Edit

External Links Edit

http://trib.com/news/state-and-regional/meet-chiquita-a-tiny-blonde--year-old-wyoming-mummy/article_eea4b82a-0525-5fd2-8f78-85f925c203cc.html Edit

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/6/meet-chiquita-wyomings-500-year-old-mummy/?page=all Edit

References George Gill, University of Wyoming, Anthropology.Edit

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