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Spain. Mummified body of a woman preserving her facial features, weighing 13 kilos. Mummification occurs in hot, dry environments. The body dehydrates and bacterial proliferation may be minimal. The skin becomes dark, dried, and leathery. The process occurs readily in the fingers and toes in dry environments, regardless of the temperature. Most mummified bodies are found in the summer months or in hot, dry climates. Mummification can occur in the winter indoors, especially if the heat is turned up, creating a hot, low-humidity environment. It is possible for an entire body to mummify in only a few days to weeks in the right conditions. Once a body is in this state, it can remain preserved for many years.

Fig.1 Mummified body of a woman preserving her facial features, weighing 13 kilos.

Fig.2 Mummified limbs of the woman.

Fig.3 Cranial cavity of the mummified body.

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