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Author Topic: These were living animals.  (Read 532 times)
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« on: May 05, 2015, 08:15:19 am »

Another item for the curiosity shelf!
They are believed to have fallen into the waters of “Lake Natron” in Tanzania and then sat somewhere to dry.
Because the lake is strongly alkali the skin and feathers become calcified then the animal then demise.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2013/10/pictures/131003-calcified-birds-bats-africa-lake-natron-tanzania-animals-science/#


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« Reply #1 on: May 05, 2015, 09:30:36 am »

I remember seeing a documentary on that.  So fascinating and creepy at the same time! But the animals were actually "posed" by the photographer.  As you wrote, they did not die frozen into stone as people assume in the pictures.  The animals washed up.  They are mummified by the high alkalinity of the lake waters.
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« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2015, 04:35:11 am »

Something similar has happened to human bodies:
https://bonesdontlie.wordpress.com/2011/01/16/the-soap-man-and-lady-revisited/

The soap mummies of Philadelphia; leakage from a lye pit found its way into coffins; the lye converted the fat in the corpses to soap, and caused other body tissues to break down. The result was preserved but corroded bodies.
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« Reply #3 on: May 06, 2015, 06:56:28 am »

I remember reading that article. Nature does some strange stuff.

Soap mummies? I know the fat from the human body can do some strange things after death. Gonna have to read that.
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