Mummies of the Chinchorro people, dating 7400 years to the past, are scheduled for DNA analysis and computerized tomography scans. The 15 selected mummies of mostly children and unborn babies, were found on the Pacific coast of South America, at the edge of the Atacama desert.
The Chinchorro mummies, being world oldest ones, buried more than 7000 years ago in northern Chile are being turned into black slime, due to bacteria thriving on the preserved skin. Chilean researchers blame climate changes and ask for aid in their fight for preservation of the mummified human remains.
Chilean researchers documented over 150 rock art paintings in the Coquimbo Region, South of Atacama Desert in northern Chile. Specialised digital analysis software was used to detect colours and patterns unobservable in normal conditions by human eye.