Scientists have discovered two 3,000-year-old


in the fetal position in Scotland's Outer Hebrides.

IFLScience writes about it.

The bodies were analyzed by DNA testing and found to belong to six different people, none of whom shared a common mother.

The bodies showed signs that they had been stored in a peat bog for some time before being moved for burial.

Peat is formed by the decomposition of organic matter, mainly from plant materials such as moss.

In particular, when enough sphagnum moss accumulates in wetlands to form a bog, the peat layers produce acids that are incredibly good at preserving bodies.

"These plants acidify the soil while releasing a compound that binds to nitrogen, depriving the area of ‚Äč‚Äčnutrients," explained specialist Carolyn Marshall.

"Together with the cold northern European temperatures, these conditions make it impossible for most microbes to survive."

Archaeologists also noticed strange details of the skeletons.

The man's skeleton had all the teeth on the lower jaw, while the upper jaw had none.

The lower teeth showed signs of wear consistent with a lifetime of a full set of upper teeth, indicating that something was wrong. 

It will be recalled that a boy's mummy 

was found in Egypt 

with 49 amulets decorated with various images.

All details were made of gold.

It is noted that the child died about 2,300 years ago.

Because of the huge number of decorations, the mummy was nicknamed the "golden boy".

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