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PostPosted: 18 Mar 2009, 21:35 
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Interesting articleabout why we find some mummies and dead with...

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The last convulsions of horrid agony can, after thousands of years, still be seen.


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The entire body is as though agitated from the last movements of agony.


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Essentially we're programmed to look at a face and decode the person's emotions. But the expressions of mummies cannot be used to predict their emotional state at the moment of death, says Aufderheide. "Advanced decay of the face's masseter (chewing) muscle results in a sagging mandible associated with a gaping mouth. Rapid desiccation, on the other hand, can fix facial muscles into their tensed state, generated a strained expression. Varying combinations of these effects in different muscles shaped further by wrappings are capable of creating a range of apparent expressions wide enough to include almost all those seen in living persons." This is true of ancient mummies, but is accentuated when bodies are in more recognizably modern garb, like the frozen corpses of the Franklin expedition crewmembers or the deceased residents of Palermo.

"In brief," Auferderheide concludes, "expressions on mummies represent post-mortem artifacts. Much nonsense has been written in efforts to relate a mummy's expression to the emotions experienced by that individual at the moment of death. ...Yet all are artifacts of decay processes and are useless as guides to the mummies' agonal emotions."

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Such effects are also the reason for the contortions in some fossils, which some creationists claim as "proof" of all-at-once burial in Noah's Flood.

Claim CC361.3: Contorted Fossils at talkorigins.org


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Believable.

Sadly.

The mummies do make for good horror aesthetics, though.

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