|For more than 100 years, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, England, has been in possession of a 44-centimetre-long ancient Egyptian coffin containing a mysterious package.|
Bound in bandages and coated with black resin, the contents of the coffin were long thought to be internal organs, removed during the embalming process.
|Recently, using cutting-edge imaging techniques, the museum discovered the coffin holds what was a fetus at just 16 to 18 weeks gestation, by far the youngest academically verified fetus to be found at an ancient Egyptian burial site.|
The fetus was likely the result of a miscarriage. It's impossible for scientists to determine the gender. Although the cedar coffin has deteriorated, it's clear to the museum's experts that it was painstakingly carved. It's considered a perfect miniature example of a Late Period (664-525 BC) ancient Egyptian wooden coffin.