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Climate change does not only affect the people living on Earth today, it would also affect those who died thousands of years ago.
Scientists affirm that the degradation of the oldest mummies in the world, housed in a university in northern Chile, could be due to this process.
Chilean and American researchers have discovered that the rapid degradation in the last decade of the famous Chilean mummies of the Chinchorro culture, the oldest in the world, could be due to climate change, reports the "Harvard Gazette."
These 120 7,000-year-old mummies - two thousand before the Egyptians began mummifying their pharaohs - are located in the archaeological museum of the University of Tarapacá, in Arica, northern Chile. The
The team discovered that the degradation is caused by an ordinary bacterium that inhabits the skin of living things, that thrives in humidity, and that has recently increased in the Arica region due to climate change.
"The humid air is allowing the bacteria to grow, causing the skin of the mummies to turn black and gelatinous," explained Ralph Mitchell of Harvard University.