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Mummy of a crocodile

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

Senckenberg Nature Museum Frankfurt

During Antiquity, all of Egypt’s wetlands were inhabited by crocodiles. Early on, the fear-based respect shown toward these predators, which can reach a length of up to six meters, and the admiration of their strength led to a cult-like crocodile worship. Dead animals were mummified and buried in caves, where numerous juveniles and even embalmed eggs have been found beside adult individuals. These 30-centimeter-long crocodile mummies, wrapped in linen strips, on display in the Senckenberg Nature Museum in Frankfurt correspond to the animals’ body length at the time of hatching; it therefore stands to reason that the crocodiles died during or shortly after birth.

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  • Title: Mummy of a crocodile
  • Location: Egypt
  • Type: original
  • Rights: Sven Tränkner Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung
  • size: 30 cm
  • scientific name: Crocodylus niloticus
  • geological Age: Ancient Egyptian

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