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Last Updated: Monday February 14 2005 16:49 GMT

In pictures: Mummified animals

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Early scientists unravelled some of the animal mummies because they didn't have x-rays
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Today's scientists can work out what's behind the bindings without opening them up
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Some mummies have been left untouched, but x-rays have revealed some to be 'fake' mummies - filled only with a few bones and plant remains
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This bird's head was exposed. Looks quite fearsome, doesn't he?
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These elaborate bindings covered a mummified cow's head
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Here's a crocodile. The Ancient Egyptians kept these creatures in special pits, fed them fine meat and dressed them in jewellery
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Here's a mummified cat. Wonder if he was someone's pet?
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Are you ready for a close-up?!
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Sometimes mummification occurs naturally - if the body dries out before it decomposes. Check out this cat!
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This monkey is among the spookiest exhibits. The creatures were kept as pets by rich Egyptians.


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