Litigation Ends: Scientists Reveal the Origin of the World's Oldest Natural Mummy

Litigation Ends: Scientists Reveal the Origin of the World's Oldest Natural Mummy

Natural mummies are those that have been naturally mummified by the weather and soil conditions that dehydrate the body. For years, the oldest natural mummy in the world has been at the center of a legal dispute. ( Tomas Castelazo | Wikimedia Commons )

A lawsuit for custody of a mummy is over, as DNA sequencing shows that these are Native Americans of American descent. The motto "Spirit Cave" is the oldest natural mummy in the world.

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After years of litigation over custody of a 10,600-year-old natural mummy, she was eventually handed over to the Fallon Paiute-Shoshone tribe after advanced DNA sequencing revealed that the so-called Spirit Cave Mummy is indeed related to a Native American tribe.

The lawsuit began in 1996, when radiocarbon dating revealed that the mummy was about 9,400 years old. One year later, the Fallon-Paiute-Shoshone tribe tried to claim the remainder under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act for immediate repatriation, but were denied access to it because the ancestry ancestry was controversial.

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