When they found her in 1999 on an Argentinian volcano they were incredibly surprised by her appearance. Although she had been dead for the past 500 years, she still looked alive. Scientists call her ‘The Maiden’ and she is an Inca girl that was only 15 years old when she passed away. Very low temperatures helped her body to be conserved in perfect conditions. She was unfortunately chosen by the Incas as a sacrifice to their gods, current investigations suggest they took her to the top of a mountain and left her so she would freeze to death.
But here’s what’s really cool about her discovery, when she died, she contracted a bacterial infection very similar to modern tuberculosis. The study of this bacteria could potentially help fight new illnesses, even after 500 years, her sacrifice has the potential to cure modern diseases affecting people today. That is truly fascinating.
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Source: Daily Megabyte