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Mummy

A mummy is a corpse whose skin and dried flesh have been preserved by either intentional or accidental exposure to chemicals, extreme cold or dryness, or airlessness.

The best-known mummies are those that have been deliberately embalmed with the specific purpose of preservation, particularly those in ancient Egypt.

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AP (Dec. 8, 2014) AP got an exclusive look as scientists at Chicago's Field Museum opened the coffin of a 2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy to perform conservation work. (Dec. 8) Video provided by AP
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