Th𝚎 n𝚊t𝚞𝚛𝚊l m𝚞mmi𝚎s 𝚏𝚘𝚞n𝚍 in t𝚘m𝚋s in th𝚎 high m𝚘𝚞nt𝚊ins 𝚘𝚏 C𝚘l𝚘m𝚋i𝚊 𝚛𝚎m𝚊in 𝚊 m𝚢st𝚎𝚛𝚢 t𝚘 sci𝚎ntists. Alth𝚘𝚞gh th𝚎 m𝚞mmi𝚏ic𝚊ti𝚘n 𝚙𝚛𝚘c𝚎ss inv𝚘lv𝚎s int𝚎nti𝚘n𝚊ll𝚢 𝚍𝚛𝚢ing 𝚊n𝚍 m𝚊𝚛in𝚊ting th𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍𝚢 with ch𝚎mic𝚊ls, th𝚎 𝚋𝚘𝚍i𝚎s 𝚏𝚘𝚞n𝚍 in S𝚊n B𝚎𝚛n𝚊𝚛𝚍𝚘 w𝚎𝚛𝚎 𝚊cci𝚍𝚎nt𝚊ll𝚢 𝚎m𝚋𝚊lm𝚎𝚍.
Astonishing new photos show the extremely well-preserved ‘natural mummies’ housed in a Colombian mausoleum that are thought to date back only around 100 years.
More than a dozen of the bodies are on display in glass cases at a mausoleum in San Bernardo, Colombia, high within the Andes and 40 miles southwest of the country’s capital Bogota.
Why they’re so well-preserved is a mystery, although some experts think it’s because of the local climate and altitude, which could affect the chemical composition of the earth and act like a natural embalmer.
However, locals think it’s due to a native diet that includes guatila, also known as chayote, a green, spiky fruit — although this theory does not account for why the mummies’ clothes are in a good state of preservation too.