4800-Year Old Mummy of ‘Mother Holding Infant’ Unearthed


A 4800-year old mummy of a mother holding an infant was discovered by archaeologists in Taiwan. The scientists have unearthed the earlier existence of humans on the island nation.

The remains of the mother looking at the child were among the 48 sets of grave uncovered in Taichung area, according to Reuters.

“ When it was unearthed, all of the archaeologists and staff members were shocked. Why? Because the mother was looking down at the baby in her hands,” said Chu Whei-lee, a curator in the Anthropology Department at Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural Science said in a report filed by The Guardian.

The mother’s height was 1.6 metres and baby measured about 50 centimetres.

Taiwan’s National Museum of Natural Science on Tuesday announced the aha moment. The mummy is one of the most noticeable mummies among all unearthed which also included five children.

In May 2014, an exhumation project was launched in Taichung, which ended a year later. To estimate the age of fossils, researchers used carbon dating method, according to a report filed by Fox News.

Well, this is not the first time that Taiwan has built a traction worldwide. In 2015, a Taiwanese fisherman came across a jawbone that indicated a new type of prehistoric human type.

Scientists discovered that the jawbone was not of normal size like we have now. They suspected that the size of the jaws became smaller with time, but this jaw indicated a different homo sapiens species.

“The new Taiwan mandible is clearly different than the known Homo erectus populations from northern China and Java, and likely represents a group that has been unrecognised so far,” said researcher Dr Yousuke Kaifu in a report by CNN.

In 2012, a local archaeologist discovered three human skeletons at an archaeological site at Greater Taichung. One of the skeletons was believed to be a middle-aged woman with 1.62m tall and about 1000 years old.

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