Outside and Inside Mummies

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Have you ever wished that you could unwrap a mummy? Imagine examining the skin, bones, even muscles and organs of a person who lived thousands of years ago! Cutting-edge technology is revealing more than ever before about these amazing relics from human history. Modern crime lab technology can reveal whether a mummy was killed or died of natural causes. X-rays can help us discover a mummy’s age and identity, and DNA samples are even helping scientists find today’s living relatives of Incan mummies. In the most ...

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Overview

Have you ever wished that you could unwrap a mummy? Imagine examining the skin, bones, even muscles and organs of a person who lived thousands of years ago! Cutting-edge technology is revealing more than ever before about these amazing relics from human history. Modern crime lab technology can reveal whether a mummy was killed or died of natural causes. X-rays can help us discover a mummy’s age and identity, and DNA samples are even helping scientists find today’s living relatives of Incan mummies. In the most fascinating topic she’s unraveled in her Outside and Inside series, Sandra Markle reunites us with our ancient ancestors through fascinating text and jaw-dropping photographs.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In this unique look at mummies readers get a look at the inside of various mummies through medical imaging technology. Author Markle begins with the everyday X-ray and its breakthrough position in the study of human mummies. A new type of X-ray machine developed specifically for investigating artifacts is described and shown. From the X-ray we move to a CT scanner and are given a picture of the organs inside a mummy's body. For a mummy found in the Austrian Alps, an endoscope is used to determine the age and origin of the body. The usual mummy information is provided, explaining where and when mummies originated and the process used by different cultures to mummify their dead. What makes this book stand out are the actual scanned images of the mummies reproduced in the book. These give the reader a much clearer and more in-depth picture of what a mummy is and what can be learned from them about ancient cultures. In addition to the information on mummies, the reader also learns quite a bit about imaging technology and what can be learned from its use in archeology. The book also contains a glossary/index and instructions for making your own apple mummy. An excellent book all-around and a definite should have for all libraries. 2005, Walker and Company, Ages 8 to 14.
—Sharon Oliver
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Markle explores a global smorgasbord of mummy varieties, both those created by human procedures and those caused by nature. Crisp (if gruesome) color photos accompany the readable, informative text, which discusses not only the mummification process, but also the cutting-edge technologies used by forensic anthropologists and others to study the mummies themselves. From endoscopies to CT scans, through scanning electron microscopes to acid washes and DNA analysis, the author presents an up-to-date look at modern forensics applied to ancient human remains. A new glimpse into a long-ago world.-Patricia Manning, formerly at Eastchester Public Library, NY Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Markle's newest in the series pairs typically dramatic photos to an oddly disjointed text. Darting abruptly from Egypt to Argentina to Europe and back, the author explains how a tiny endoscope, a portable x-ray set up inside a pyramid, and a huge spiral tomography scanner are being used, along with other devices and techniques, to find clues to the lives, deaths, medical histories and environments of mummies worldwide. The identities of her examples sometimes shift confusingly from one paragraph to the next, however, and in at least one case the accompanying photo doesn't match. Furthermore, there's a step or two missing from the closing crafts project, which invites readers to create a "mummy" apple. Though this does provide an enticing glimpse of science in action, and the close-up mummy pictures will elicit the predictable wows, it isn't among the author's best work. (glossary, photo credits) (Nonfiction. 9-11)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802789662
  • Publisher: Walker & Company
  • Publication date: 9/3/2005
  • Pages: 40
  • Age range: 6 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.48 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 0.42 (d)

Meet the Author

Sandra Markle is a former elementary school science teacher who has written more than fourdozen nonfiction books for children. The books in her popular Outside and Inside series have earned several starred reviews and awards including an ALA Notable, an NCTE Best Book of the Year, and NSTA/CBC Outstanding Science Trade Books. Sandra lives with her husband, in New Zealand.

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