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Mummies of humans and other animals have been found on every continent, Many of the Egyptian animal mummies are sacred ibis, and radiocarbon dating suggests that the Egyptian Ibis mummies that have been analyzed were from time frame that falls between approximately 450 and 250 BC.
In addition to the well-known mummies of ancient Egypt, deliberate mummification was a feature of several ancient cultures in areas of America and Asia with very dry climates.
Much of this early experimentation with mummification in Egypt is unknown.
The few documents that directly describe the mummification process date to the Greco-Roman period.
By utilizing current advancements in technology, scientists have been able to uncover a plethora of new information about the techniques used in mummification.
Egyptians saw the preservation of the body after death as an important step to living well in the afterlife.
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Wasps of the genus Aleiodes are known as "mummy wasps" because they wrap their caterpillar prey as "mummies".
The majority of the papyri that have survived only describe the ceremonial rituals involved in embalming, not the actual surgical processes involved.
A text known as The Ritual of Embalming does describe some of the practical logistics of embalming, however, there are only two known copies and each is incomplete.