Monday, May 04, 2009

Mummified puppy found in Egyptian tomb

MSNBC (Jennifer Viegas)

A small bundle found at the feet of an ancient Egyptian mummy whose tomb was inscribed with the phrase "Hapi-Men" contained the remains of a young dog, according to University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology staff who have named the canine "Hapi-Puppy."

The approximately 2,300-year-old puppy, revealed during a recent CT scan, is thought to be one of the world's rarest mummified animals. Early Egyptians often preserved cats, birds and even crocodiles, but not often dogs.

Jennifer Wegner, a senior research scientist in the museum's Egyptian section, explained to Discovery News that unlike some of the other more commonly mummified animals, the ancient Egyptians "had no dog gods, per se, although certain gods, like Anubis, could take the form of a jackal."

See the above page for the full story. Also on the Discovery Channel website, with thanks to Tony Marson.

1 comment:

Coco said...

I saw this article earlier over in the terrier group on Guess that brings a whole new meaning to man's best friend!